Looking outside, it’s hard to believe anyone would be doing anything other than playing hockey! But the Varsity Softball team did begin their season last week. Due to an early season rainout and a scheduling quirk, the Eagles began their season by facing off against conference nemesis Holton. The defending conference champs, the Red Devils came out ready to play at home, knowing that Kent City is the top challenger to their crown. Pitching was the name of game 1 as Janelle Krueger dueled it out with Holton’s top pitcher. In the top of the 5th, the Eagles tied the game at 2, thanks to singles by Krueger and Sierra Braman, followed by an RBI double by Kenzie Bowers, who was seeing her 1st Varsity action. Holton stormed right back in the bottom of the 5th, scoring 3 with the help of an error. The scoring would stall right there, with Holton hanging on to the 5-2 victory. Krueger took the loss, but deserved a better fate as she pitched the complete game, but allowed only 3 earned runs. She also led the offensive attack, with Braman, as they both tallied 2 hits. Rachel Gubala started the scoring in the top of the 1st by singling in Bowers who walked and stole 2nd with 2 outs. Alyssa Larson, in her 1st Varsity at bat, added a single. Kent City out-hit Holton 7-5, but couldn’t put the hits together.
Game 2 saw more good pitching early as Kruger toed the slab again. She allowed only 1 run through the first 3 innings, while her offense staked her to a 5-1 lead. A big 4 run 3rd inning was sparked by a double by Krueger, single by Braman, Triple by Bowers, and a double by Morgan Sweers. In the bottom of the 4th, however, the defensive wheels fell off, as the Eagles committed 3 errors, leading to 6 big runs for Holton. The bats would never answer as Kent City would fall, again, this time by the score of 8-5. Krueger again pitched the complete game but would only be on the hook for 2 earned runs, as the other 6 were unearned. Kent City outhit Holton, again, 8-7. Krueger and Alyssa Larson each had 2 hits, while Braman, Bowers, Sweers, and Haley Bracewell each added hits of their own.
The early season record stands at 0-2, but this team, with better defense, is poised to make a run, win many games, and challenge for the conference crown.