PLYMOUTH, MN – The Crusader softball team looks to shake off the rust, after an 8-1 loss against the North Central University Rams, and an 11-2 loss against the Martin Luther College Knights, in their season opening tournament, hosted by North Central University, at the Plymouth Creek Dome (Plymouth, MN).
Both games featured fresh faces on the pitching mound; senior Rosa Lewis (Yates City, IL) taking on the Rams, and sophomore Samantha Swiatek (Walled Lake, MI) getting the call against the Knights.
Against North Central, Lewis held the opponent to one run, and no hits through two innings, before Rachael Thearin (Hayward, WI) doubled to left center, driving in two runs, out of a team-total four that inning.
Lewis put together a string of two innings without hits, but a Rams’ attack that included three more runs, on three hits in the sixth inning, pushed North Central on top.
The Rams only had six hits, but capitalized on some key doubles, and seven walked batters.
Junior centerfielder Emily Thompson (Watertown, WI) went 1-3, with a walk while sophomore Emily Boogher (York, PA), went 1-2, and debuted at shortstop, after starting at second base last season.
It was Boogher’s base-hit that kick-started the inning, and ended with the second-year player crossing home plate on a wild pitch, to cut the lead to 5-1.
Lewis struck out four batters in six innings, while allowing six earned runs.
In their second game, Maranatha made quick strides, taking a 2-1 lead in the first inning, on an RBI double by Lewis, that scored Boogher and Thompson.
Martin Luther regained control in the third inning, scoring six runs, on two hits and three errors, and tacked on three more in the fourth inning.
Swiatek pitched five innings in her first career start.
Maranatha finishes the weekend with three competitions on Friday, the last, a rematch against Martin Luther, at 1:15 p.m.