Fall Season A Success For Softball
Athletics - posted on 10/11/2005
The Muskies completed their fall ball season on a winning note. On Saturday, Oct., 1st the Softball team played in Madison against Concordia, Edgewood and Maranatha. The Muskies were able to defeat Maranatha 16-3 in the third and final game, the Muskies dropped the matches to Concordia 8-7 and Edgewood 6-3.
In the first game, sophomores Jenny Zimmerman and Loni Gauger took the mound for the Muskies vs. the Concordia University Falcons. The game was tied at seven heading into the final inning until one costly walk led to Concordia scoring the winning run and clinching the victory, 8-7. "It was to great see competition other than ourselves," said head coach Chad Buchman. "The team really jelled over the month and the freshmen really stepped up!" Freshmen Jesse Van Camp (2B) led off the second inning with an inside the park homerun, Kayla Nissen was 3-4 from the left side with a run scored and Nicole Holland (C) hit a double and scored. Sophomore returnee's Kourtney Peters (3B) was 4 for 4 with a run scored while Pam Valukas (OF) had a double. Freshman Christina Schultz (OF) added a single to the hit total for the Muskies.
In the second game, the Muskies were matched up against the Edgewood College Eagles. The Muskies threw freshman Kayla Nissen along with sophomore Kendall Weber in the game. After falling behind 2-0 the Muskies bats came on too late to rally and Lakeland ended up falling 6-3. The Muskies only runs came when freshmen's Tiffany Gann and Jesse Van Camp singled consecutively. Those singles led to sophomore Allison Lock inside the park homerun as the Eagles catcher missed the ball at the plate allowing Lock to stretch to the triple into another run. Gann was 2-2 with a run scored. Sophomore Kourtney Peters, along with juniors Katie Yeager, Jesse Van Camp and Kayla Nissen all tallied singles. "Kayla did a superb job in her first outing as a Muskie," said coach Buchmann.
The third and final match of the day saw the Muskies compile 21 hits and score 16 runs vs Marantha Baptist Bible College to notch a 16-3 victory as the Muskies bats came alive. Sophomores Jenny Zimmerman and Allison Lock pitched for the Muskies. "Jenny pitched well enough to get the win in the first game of the day so we were not surprised how well she did," said Buchmann. "Allison (Lock) pitch batting practice for us last year and now is developing into a good reliever for us." Every player on the Muskies had a hit in the game as the Muskies jumped out to an 11-0 first inning lead. "I think the ladies really wanted to prove they could hit," said hitting coach Amanda Nickel. "Every player worked hard this fall on their form and it showed in the games we played today. They never got frustrated, I was really impressed."
The Muskies were without their All-Conference shortstop in sophomore Elisa Waltz and All-Rookie team pitcher sophomore Rachel Griesbach due to secondary sport involvement.
The Muskies begin the 2006 campaign in Tucson, Ariz., March 11-18th. Contact coach Buchmann for more details on how to accompany the team.
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