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Softball drops two at home: Scots attribute loss to fielding errors, lack of communication

March 27, 2015

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - After Sunday's double header against Milikin University at home, softballs's record overall drops to 4-7. Junior centerfielder, Emily Watkins was 1.000 on the day defensively.

Despite strong offensive efforts and pitching, softball fell two games to Millikin University on Sunday. Fielding errors kept the Scots from victories in the double-header.

In the first game of the day, Monmouth lost to Millikin 9-5 after the Big Blue’s Alyssa Visvardis hit a grand slam in the sixth inning pushing the lead 9-2. In the final three innings, the Big Blue held the Scots to just one run per inning and, giving them enough momentum to score more runs.

“We had quite a few errors or just mental mistakes that we need to eliminate and we also had opportunities to bring in runs and were unable to produce,” senior Alyssa Edler said.

She added that there was a lack of energy on the field. This caused players to get comfortable and to not be prepared for making plays.

In the second game, it seemed Monmouth had Millikin under control when sophomore Kirstyn Ozga stole home on a wild pitch to tie up the game 3-3.

In the final inning, Visvardis had an RBI putting the Big Blue up 4-3. Freshman Hannah Drowns hit a line drive to Millikin pitcher Heather Doyle who threw out sophomore Carolyn Scherpe at first for a double play. Doyle then struck out the final batter to end the game. It was a disappointing loss for Monmouth.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Senior pitcher Alyssa Edler struck out four Milikin players and allowed three earned runs.

Three players stepped up in hitting this weekend overall: Drowns and juniors Charlotte Park and Johnna Schultz. Schultz and Park were 5-8 in hits for the day and Drowns was 3-6.

“Charlotte and Johnna are our three and four hitters so they will be good offensively for us,” senior Taylor Smith said.

Smith and Edler both agree on the team’s goals for the season is attaining more wins and eventually winning the conference tournament. The team has been able to string together hits, however, Edler said it will take more than just that.

“Ultimately though we need everyone offensively and defensively to be strong to have a successful season. It takes all 23 of us to win a game, and it will take all 23 of us to make it to the conference tournament,” said Edler.

“Once we fix the small things I think we will have the potential to be unstoppable. We have great team chemistry off the field, but I would like to see it on the field more,” Edler said.

The team will work on bringing that chemistry and energy on the field for its upcoming games.

The Scots’ next games are double headers against Knox College on Saturday at home and North Central College on Sunday in Naperville.

In the last three years, North Central has claimed victory over the Scots, but the Scots are undefeated against Knox. The double header against Knox will be the team’s first conference games of the 2015 season.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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