MILWAUKEE, WI—The Maranatha women’s softball team traveled to the region of Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon for the second time in two days, this time lining up against the Warriors of Wisconsin Lutheran College. Despite totaling 11 hits and 4 runs throughout the course of the doubleheader, the Crusaders were not able to obtain a victory, losing 15-1 and 11-3.
Leading the offense for the Crusaders in the first game was sophomore Amy Dineen (Great Valley, NY), as the third basemen went 2-2 at the plate and scored the team’s only run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth.
The Warriors’ offense was held in check by senior pitcher Rosa Lewis (Yates City, IL) for the first two innings, but the bats of Wisconsin Lutheran warmed up in the third and fourth inning, as the home team registered six and eight runs respectively, to win 15-1 through five innings.
Maranatha came out strong to begin the second game of the doubleheader, as the Crusaders loaded the bases thanks to two walks and a base hit by freshman Randi Jaqua (South Bend, IN). A Warrior error would put the Crusaders up 1-0 halfway through the first, and sophomore pitcher Samantha Swiatek (Walled Lake, MI) held the lead through the bottom of the first by not allowing a hit to four batters.
An offensively slow second and third inning for the Crusaders left the door open for Wisconsin Lutheran, however, as the Warriors tallied seven hits and seven runs in the third inning to lead 9-1.
Jaqua led the Crusaders offense with a 2-3 performance at the plate, while junior Emily Thompson (Watertown, WI) connected on 1-2 and was responsible for 2 Maranatha runs.
The game would be called after the fifth inning due to time restraints, with the Warriors picking up their eleventh win to the tune of 11-3.
The Crusaders are now 1-8 overall, with their next series of games taking place on Saturday, April 5th, against the Blue Angels of Mt. Mary in Milwaukee, WI, at 12 p.m.