Hard times for softball
April 11, 2014
After a disappointing weekend against Cornell College and Millikin University, the Monmouth College softball team is trying to compound on their hitting and pitching. The Fighting Scots are looking to clinch victories at the Midwest Classic this weekend to be ranked within the conference. “Every conference game from here on out is important,” Coach John Goddard said.
After playing Cornell College on Saturday, the Scots won the first game 7-5, but were unable to sweep the Rams losing 3-6 in the second game at home. On Sunday, the team saw losses in both games against Millikin University in Decatur. Unfortunately their hitting wasn’t enough against Millikin either as the Scots saw 2-3 losses in both games. “I thought our team chemistry and energy was up during the games, it just didn’t fall in our favor,” junior Alyssa Edler said.
Goddard saw improvements, but wants to see the team put it all together. “Hitting and pitching are coming around at the same time, but areas we need to improve on are timely hitting when we have runners on base and making key plays defensively,” Goddard said. Edler said that the hitting was good. “We were hitting the ball, we just weren’t finding the holes like we were in the first game against Cornell,” said Edler. “The fact that we only struck out nine times in four games shows we are finally making contact with the ball,” said Goddard.
In this bitter winter the team had to practice inside for the majority of the season, and now that the warmer weather has come around, the Scots are happy to be taking practices outside. Edler sees the difference of inside practices versus outside practices on the field. “It affects us when we are trying to take outfield and infield in the field house. You can’t practice the wind moving the ball or the sun being in people’s eyes. Even the ball just coming off the field instead of the field house is very different,” said Edler.
The Scots travel to Peoria this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to face off against St. Norbert College, Carroll University, Lawrence University, Beloit College and Ripon College. “It’s to help us score points to be ranked within our Southern Conference,” Edler said. Each game is equally as important, and the team will play each game as it comes.