Softball team hopes to reach national tournament
April 15, 2011
The Monmouth College Fighting Scots Softball team rolled to a 5-0 record this past weekend in the Crossover tournament in Janesville, Wis., to put their overall record to 12-8 and an undefeated conference record (7-0). They are now in sole possession of 1st place in the South division.
After beating their opponents by only one run in each of their first four games, the bats came alive in the last game as they won by three runs. Each classic game will count as one point toward the conference standings and games within the division count as two.
“These classic games are very important,” said head coach John Goddard. “Many times the division champion and the tournament qualifiers are determined by a single point.”
The Fighting Scots have eight games remaining on the season before they start play for the conference tournament, and are not showing any signs of slowing down.
“We made a huge statement by sweeping the North division. Every game was a battle but we always came back. Everyone contributed to our wins,” stated junior catcher Lauren Bergstresser.
Sophomore outfielder Samantha Sons also credited the recent success to a strong team effort.
“Although we have quite a few young starters, we are doing a good job of keeping up with the competition and learning from our mistakes quickly. Every game so far has been an entire team effort and each person has stepped up in major ways to help benefit our team,” said Sons. “We have nothing but high hopes for the rest of the season.”
The Fighting Scots will travel to Chicago this weekend to face Calvin College and North Central College on Saturday, April 16, and will then face Lake Forest College on Sunday, April 17.
“At the beginning of the season, our goal was to make it to the conference tournament,” said Bergstresser. “Now, I would say that it is not out of sight to shoot for the national tournament.”
BY KEN COLLINS