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.
Kessler and Johnson Earn All-Conference Honors
Crimson Wave softball player’s junior catcher Sophie Kessler and senior outfielder Lauren Johnson were named to the 2014 CCAC All-Conference Teams when the postseason awards were released by the conference office during the 2014 CCAC Softball Tournament.
Kessler was named CCAC All-Conference First Team. Kessler led the Crimson Wave this season batting a .393 with 53 hits with 20 runs scored. Over the season Kessler tallied 12 doubles and five homeruns leading to 35 RBI’s. Kessler’s .393 batting average ranks her 12th in the CCAC.
Johnson was named CCAC All-Conference Second Team. Johnson led the Crimson Wave this season in stolen bases with 16 while hitting a .341. Johnson racked up 47 hits with 11 RBI’s this season. Johnson ranks fourth in the CCAC in stolen bases this season.
This was Johnson’s third time earning post season honors as she was named CCAC All-Conference First Team in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.