Softball team strives to find its stride

Kelsey Teneycke, senior, try to lay down the bunt this season against St. Joseph’s College. Photo courtesy of Kyle Rivas.

The Jewell softball team stayed in Liberty over the Easter break and took on Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) opponents University of Missouri S&T and Drury University. The Cardinals split the double-header wins with each team.

Although the team won two out of the four games, this was not the result that they had wanted.

“Even though we tried our hardest, we came up a little short,” Kelsey Morgan, sophomore, said.

In the S&T series, the Cards dropped the first game 8-3 but were able to win in the second game 3-1 after a dominating performance from pitcher Nona Pauline, junior. Pauline pitched a complete game while allowing only one run out of three hits, striking out 10 batters. She also hit a home run.

When they faced Drury University, the Cards lost the first game 4-2 but won the second game in a commanding fashion 11-3. In the second game, Rachel Potvin, senior, went 3-4 offensively, scoring two runs. Madi Giles, first-year, hit a three-run home run and Annali Dolman, junior, hit a solo home run.

This offensive showcase ignited a morale change for the team.

“Seeing the large numbers we put up against Drury makes me have confidence that we will do well this week and go on the winning streak that we need,” Morgan said.

The Cardinals traveled to Bolivar, Mo. to take on Southwest Baptist University Wednesday, April 8. The team dropped both games in the double header, losing 1-4 and 2-3.

The Cardinals are now 19-16 (7-11 GLVC) on the year, putting them at ninth in the conference standings. The team faces Truman State University and Quincy University Saturday, Apr. 11 and Sunday, Apr. 12, respectively.


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