The St. Catharine Patriots (18-22, 8-14) softball team looked to take rival Georgetown College (25-11, 15-7) head on, but were unable to overcome the Tiger’s onslaught of offense in a doubleheader Wednesday at Salt River Electric Field.
During game one the Patriots were only able to keep the Tigers off the board in the first inning. The Tigers scored at least a run in every inning before eventually winning 8-4. The Patriot’s Krystal Cammuse surrendered six runs on seven hits over five innings of work, before leaving after being hit by a pitch at the plate. “I really don’t think Krystal pitched too badly; they were just able to place the ball in gaps,” say Coach Holly Smith. The Patriots were only able to muster four runs on their ten hits with three runs coming off of a Brittany McKee homerun in the bottom of the seventh that hit the foul pole in right field. “You can’t leave bases loaded and expect to win,” says Smith. In the bottom of the fourth inning the SC Patriots had bases loaded with two outs and were unable to produce a run when Hagan Goldey grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Game two looked more promising due to the brilliant performance on the mound of Brittany McKee (4-7). McKee kept the Patriots within one through four innings, but could never get any offensive support, leading to the 6-1 loss. The Patriots scored a run in the first inning off of a leadoff homerun by Hagan Goldey, but were only able to compile four hits during the rest of the game.
“Too many empty innings will come back and bite you in this conference. Our pitching must get offensive support and one run from the first batter is not enough,” says Smith. The Patriots finished the game with four three up three down innings while the other two saw a total of nine batters. Katie Mann (11-4) of Georgetown surrendered only four hits, one walk, and struck out six Patriots hitters over seven innings of work. “Mann pitched well, we just have to adjust to better pitching,” says Smith.
The Patriots look to turn things around Saturday at 2 PM against the Shawnee State Bears (17-11, 11-5). “We need to get a win this weekend to help ensure our chances at making the conference tournament,” says Smith when asked about Shawnee. The Bears are currently third in the conference and the Patriots are in eight and final spot for the conference seeding.