By: Hannah Abbate Sterling, KS — March 12, 2018 7:33 P.M.
Tuesday night at home, the Sterling Lady Warrior softball team split a set of wins against the University of Saint Mary. These games, at 2 and 4 p.m., were filled with loud cheering and plenty of close plays and great hitting from both teams.
With some great timely hitting by senior Tiana Bonde and fantastic pitching by junior Mia Luques, the Warriors were able to take a 3-2 victory over St. Mary in game one. “As a team we wanted that win,” said sophomore Kaycee Carter, “and play for each other, not for ourselves. Everyone did what needed to be done. It was a team win.” As well as being a team effort, senior Chica Bati gave game winning credit to clutch hitting and great defense throughout the game.
Unfortunately, the streak did not continue into the start of the second game. “We came out sluggish and didn’t really work until the last two innings,” stated Carter. “We needed to come out guns blazin’.” Bati also agreed that “defense lacked a little bit” in the second game. She went on to say, “The first few innings were tough because our pitching and defense was flat.” Both Bati and Carter agreed that an earlier hitting adjustment by the team collectively and not allowing as many runs to score early on would have greatly changed the outcome of the second game.
Currently, the Warriors have a 4-8 record in KCAC conference play. With the end of the regular season quickly approaching, the team will need to “keep working hard,” said Carter, “and [not] take any team lightly.” The Lady Warriors have just 10 remaining conference games before the end of the season. “We have to split with at least every team, but we also have to sweep at least two teams, I believe, in order make it to the tournament,” said Bati.
Softball’s next home game will be tonight, Thursday, April 12, against McPherson College. The first game will start at 5 p.m. with game two starting around 7 p.m.