Softball Leaps into Seventh Place

After a season of ups and downs, the St. Catharine College Lady Patriots (18-25, 14-20 MSC) ended their regular season on the upswing with a weekend sweep and a move to seventh place in the final conference standings. In their last two series the Patriots had been dealt heart wrenching losses in their game one matchups falling by just one run. For the Patriots however, that was an idea of the past; in both of their game one contests over the weekend the Patriots plated runs in bunches. In game one of the Pikeville series the Patriots were able to tally eight runs on nine hits en route to a much needed 8-0 victory. On the mound, Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, KY) kept the Bear hitters at bay, fanning five and surrendering only one run over her five innings pitched. Offensively, Jesse Crouch (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) shined the light for the Patriots as she hit a ball over the wall for one of the Patriots’ eight runs. Game two provided more excitement for the Patriots as they jumped on top 2-0 early when Taylor Steff (Louisville, Ky.) drove home a run for the Pats. On the mound Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) had one of her best performances of the year, hurling six shutout innings while striking out five and giving up only three hits en route to another 8-0 victory for the Patriots. With the Pikeville series in the books, the Patriots made the trek to Bluefield for a chance to leap into seventh place in the conference standings. Holly Smith’s Patriot offense delivered in game one, scoring 10 runs on 12 hits to win 10-2. Davelynn Day (Penn Rose, Col.) and Taylor Steff fueled the high octane offense as both had perfect days, with Day going 2-2 with two runs and Steff tacking on a 3-4 performance that resulted in three runs batted in and three runs of her own. Unfortunately for the Rams, the Patriot offense didn’t cool off in game two as they tallied eight runs on 11 hits. Taylor Steff led the charge once more, going 3-4 at the plate with a double and a RBI. “We score a lot of runs this weekend” exclaimed Head Coach Holly Smith. “Other than the second game of the Cumberland University series, we swung crap out of the bats! These are great wins for us, I just hate that we didn’t get a senior day due to the Bluefield game getting moved.” The Patriots will square off in the first round of Mid-South Conference action Wednesday when the face the Georgetown Tigers at noon at Danville’s Millennium Park.
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