Sterling softball swept by Graceland University

By: Hannah Abbate Sterling, KS — Feb. 27, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

The Sterling College Lady Warrior softball team faced off against Graceland University on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 26, but was unable to come out with the win in either game. The Warrior’s first game began at 2 p.m. and resulted in a 1-6 loss after seven innings of play.

The second game held some hope in the early innings as the Warriors fought to keep the score close. Late in the game, junior Miranda Escalera sent a shot over the fence in left-center, resulting in a two-run home run. “[I] definitely felt a shift in energy,” Escalera said. “We are a great hitting team. We are the type of team to feed off of each other and once we get some type of momentum it’s hard to shut us down.” However, despite some great plays on both offense and defense, the Graceland Yellowjackets came out with the win in the end, outscoring Sterling 10-5.

“One things that really stood in our way today was that we gave up too many unearned runs and we were not able to compensate for that through our at bats,” said senior Cassandra Estrada.

Senior Byanka Diosdado made her first appearance back with the team Monday after working over interterm to better herself for her team. Diosdado said, “I really focused on my mechanics and how I can better the spin of my ball. I focused more of spin then speed. Speed looks great but spin is what really throws off batters. My training was tough but I also really focused on the mental part of the game. Confidence and positive attitude on that mound will get a pitcher a long way in a game.”

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Senior Byanka Diosdado pitching on Monday’s game against Graceland University. Photo by: Hannah Abbate

On Feb. 27, the Warriors will face Central Christian College at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at home. “Our focus for our games against Central Christian,” said Estrada, “will be to have quality at bats and remain consistent throughout both games. It is still preseason, so one thing we are working on is having each other’s backs on the field and developing a sense of trust within the team.”

“We didn’t have too much consistency at the plate [today],” Escalera said. “We had too many strike outs and not enough hits.” She continuted with saying that “our team is looking to have quality at bats [tomorrow] and strong [defense]. When we come out with momentum we feel confident and that’s what we need.”

“We will definitely bring in the energy and really buy into every pitch and every inning [tomorrow],” said Diosdado. “It’s all about playing our game and coming together.”