The Trinity softball team was busy over spring break, winning six of their ten games.
â€œA few of the games, our defense and offense went well, and when that happened we were successful,â€ said senior third-baseman Nicole Powers. â€œOur struggle was when we didnâ€™t have both sides of the game being played.â€
On Friday, March 8, the Trinity softball team split their doubleheader at home against Division II St. Maryâ€™s University. The Tigers lost the first game 8-0, while sophomore catcher Caitlynn Dykes and senior outfielder Becca Rush got the only hits for Trinity.
Led by senior pitcher Sydney Friday, Trinity won the second game 4-3. Friday struck out four batters, while Dykes went 1-2 with a home run in the first inning.
â€œThe win against St. Maryâ€™s was a blessing morale-wise,â€ said head coach Brandi Crnkovic. â€œWe came out and performed the way I was hoping the girls would play all year.â€
Next the Tigers competed on Wednesday, where they won two games against Hardin-Simmons University. Â Although tied going into the final inning, Trinity stuck it out to win the first game 2-1.
â€œWe did a really good job of taking advantage of the opportunities we were given by the other team and executing in clutch situations,â€ Crnkovic said.
Dykes hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the second game, setting the stage for an 8-1 Trinity victory. Junior shortstop Brooke Sanchez and junior second-baseman Chrissy Armstrong each had two hits, while first-year pitcher Kaci Wellik struck out eight batters.
Trinity headed to Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday to compete in the Tucson Invitational. The day started with a nine-inning 6-4 win over Baldwin Wallace University. Sophomore outfielder Lauren Mercado went 3-4, while Armstrong went 2-3 and Wellik struck out ten batters.
â€œThat was a really exciting game,â€ Crnkovic said. â€œWe had some clutch hitting and pulled through.â€
However, the Tigers lost their second game 5-0 to Central College. On the mound, Friday allowed two earned runs on three hits.
Trinity won their first game the second day 12-2 against Chatham University. Sophomore catcher Brittany Haby was 4-4 and Powers went 3-3. Trinity lost the second game 4-3 in eight innings against Dickinson College. Friday struck out nine batters, while Armstrong went 2-2 and Mercado went 2-4.
â€œIn the outfield, weâ€™ve been working on fixing our angles to the ball, and we seemed to do that really well in the Tucson games so that was exciting to see,â€ said senior outfielder Lindsay Weyand.
On the final day, the Tigers won their first game 9-1 against Alfred University. Russell led at the plate with two runs and two RBI. However, Trinity lost their second game 7-0 to Central College and Sanchez recorded two of the teamâ€™s five hits.
â€œCentral has a lot of energy,â€ Powers said. â€œWe went in there, executed, but as soon as they got points on us, we would get down.â€
The Tigers return home this weekend to play the University of Dallas in a four-game conference series.
â€œThose will be the first conference games we play, and weâ€™re looking to take four away from them,â€ Weyand said.