Softball Going Gold
Calumet College of St. Joseph softball will be Going Gold during its game on March 2nd against Texas Lutheran University to help in the fight against childhood cancer, the number one disease killer of children. As part of Go4theGoal’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative, the team will wear special shoelaces that are gold, the color for pediatric cancer awareness.
“This is a great opportunity for our kids to be involved in the community,” said Stephanie Zimny, Crimson Wave Head Coach. “These young ladies have a chance to help other children in need locally who may one day have the chance themselves to not only help others, but become healthy, successful athletes as well. Our girls will wear their laces with pride.”
The money generated through Calumet College’s lace sales, plus any additional donations received, will go to a local pediatric oncology unit in Indiana. This marks the first season the Crimson Wave and Go4theGoal have partnered together in the fight against childhood cancer.
“It is always an honor having colleges get involved with our Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer Campaign,” said Nate Mulberg, Go4theGoal Athletics Coordinator. “But it is even more special when programs like Calumet College of St. Joseph get involved. It has been a joy working with Coach Zimny and her program. We are so excited about our new partnership with Crimson Wave softball and look forward to many more years of working together to assist those children in Indiana who need it most.”
About Go4theGoal Foundation
Go4theGoal Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-‐profit organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth
Stefanacci, soon after their oldest son Richard was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of
bone cancer. In 2011 Go4theGoal launched two national campaigns, National Pediatric Cancer
Awareness Day and Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer. These campaigns give schools, businesses, and sports teams an opportunity to raise awareness and much needed support for kids battling cancer. Go4theGoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, runs fun hospital-‐based programs, grants special wishes, and supplies state of the art electronic products to children and pediatric oncology units across the country. Since 2007, Go4theGoal has funded nearly $1,000,000.00 in research. For the past three consecutive years, Go4theGoal has earned the honor of "Top Rated Non-‐Profit" by Great Nonprofits.Go4theGoal.org
Softball Splits with Southeastern
The Crimson Wave softball team took on Southeastern University in a double header down in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday. CCSJ is coming off of back-to-back wins over Warner University heading into the matchup.
Game one saw a lot of action. Courtney Spirek blasted the first home run of the season over the left field wall for the Crimson Wave. This ended up being a three run score to put CCSJ up 3-0 at the top of the first inning. CCSJ’s defense kept Southeastern scoreless heading into the second inning.
Southeastern scored their first run at the bottom of the third inning after a double to center field. With a runner on third, Alex Latronica hit a fastball for the third strike to end the inning. Southeastern would even the odds in the bottom of the fourth inning with a homerun shot over the left field wall that drove in two runs. Nicole Henry made a great play to end the fourth inning as she dove for a ground ball and tagged first base.
Southeastern took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning after a single to left field. In the bottom of the sixth, Southeastern caught some momentum and scored five more runs to go up 9-3 over the Crimson Wave. The proved to be the deciding factor as the Crimson Wave couldn’t mount their comeback. CCSJ is now 2-1 on the season.
At the start of the second game, Alyssa Sansone struck out two batters to keep the game scoreless. In the second inning, Nicole Henry got CCSJ on the board hitting a double over left center field that drove in Brittany Renninger and Sarah Simchak to put CCSJ up 2-0. The Crimson Wave defense did a good job to keep Southeastern scoreless to close out the second inning.
Courtney Spirek hit her second home run of the day with a single shot over the left center wall. That put CCSJ ahead 3-0. Southwestern would answer with a bunt down the first base line to which gained their first run of the game. CCSJ did a good job of closing out the inning to keep the 3-1 lead heading into the fourth inning.
With the bases loaded, Elizabeth Fuller hit a sacrifice fly to get CCSJ on the board again with a 4-1 lead at the top of the fourth inning. On the next at bat, Kristen Ashby singled which enabled CCSJ to score two more runs after an error from Southeastern. CCSJ would close out the inning with a 6-1 lead over Southeastern.
The Crimson Wave earned their 7th run of the game after Tiffany Galindo hit her first home run of the season at the top of the fifth inning. CCSJ held Southeastern scoreless to finish out the inning. The Crimson Wave kept their momentum rolling in the top of the sixth after a single from Nicole Henry to start the inning. Kristen Ashby would single as well to put runners on first and third. Southeastern held on the keep CCSJ from scoring heading into the bottom of the sixth. Southeastern would homer on the first at bat to bring the score 7-2. CCSJ closed out the inning only allowing one run.
The Crimson Wave was able to finish the game with a 7-2 win over Southeastern University. The ladies improve to 3-1 on the year. CCSJ will return to action next weekend when they travel down to Kentucky to take on St. Catherine College.
Softball Opens Season with Sweep
2/13/15 -The Crimson Wave softball team kicked off their season with a trip down to Lake Wales, Florida to take on Warner University in a double header on Friday.
Game one started out with CCSJ getting off to a quick start going up 1-0 at the top of the first inning after Alyssa Sansone hit one down the center to drive in Sadie Conner. The Crimson Wave defense would do a good job of closing out the inning to keep CCSJ ahead 1-0.
With two outs in the second inning, Kristen Ashby hit a double to drive in Joanna Drew to give CCSJ the 2-0 lead. Sadie Conner singled to right field which enabled Kristen Ashby to score. CCSJ would be up 3-0 heading into the next inning after a third out strikeout from Alex Latronica.
Warner would start to make their comeback scoring four runs. CCSJ was able to withstand the Warner advances and scored four more runs to seal the victory 7-4.
In the second game, CCSJ would continue their success scoring 9 runs to defeat Warner University 9-6.
The Crimson Wave moves to 2-0 on the year. They will play again Saturday when they take on Southeastern University at 10:00am.