Crusaders Close Out Tournament With Crown College Win

Womens Softball Team 2014_14Box Score (Crown)
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PLYMOUTH, MN – Maranatha finished out their season-opening tournament, hosted by North Central University, with a win over Crown College in the 8:50 a.m. game, followed up by 19-9, and 14-2 losses, to North Central and Martin Luther, respectively.

Maranatha pounded out 14 hits in a lethal offensive attack against Crown College (MN), and grabbed their first win of the young 2014 season. Five players had at least two hits apiece, while Emily Thompson (Watertown, WI) and Emily Boogher (York, PA) each went 3-4 from the plate. Thompson had three out of the team’s seven RBI’s.

Crown opened up the game with a run in the first inning, but four Maranatha hits in the bottom of the second tied it at one. In the first game of her career, sophomore Kelli Fox (Matthews, N.C.) singled to center field, driving in Sam Swiatek (Walled Lake, MI).

The Crusaders scored two runs apiece, in both the second and third innings, including RBI singles by Boogher and Thompson. The team’s biggest inning came in the fifth though, with five runs off five hits, en route to a 10-3 lead.

Senior pitcher Rosa Lewis (Yates City, IL) pitched all seven innings, allowing just five hits, while striking out three batters.

In game two, Boogher put Maranatha up 2-0 in the first, with her second career homer. The second-year player recorded her first home run against the same opponent in 2013, in what was also the fourth game of the season last year.

North Central burst through in the bottom of the first, blitzing Maranatha for 12 runs off six hits, and scoring three runs in the third, and four in the fifth.

Freshman infielder Randi Jaqua (South Bend, IN) went 2-3 in her 2014 debut, while Swiatek pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 10 hits while striking out two.

The team closed out the tournament against Martin Luther with Boogher’s 2-3 performance leading the way, and Lewis’ two RBI’s. Lewis also pitched four innings, allowing 15 hits and striking out two.