Softball Falls Short

By: Cody Gregory

For Cat Yanis, a sophomore pitcher, and the Aurora softball team, their day did not start out on a hot note. The University of Chicago softball team jumped out to an early one to nothing lead in the top of the first inning.

After the unearned run crossed the plate, Yanis took the matter into her own hands and shut the University of Chicago out for the next four innings.

Yanis left the game with a no-decision, as the Spartan team was able to scratch a run across in the third inning. Junior pitcher Britini Wilson replaced Yanis in the sixth inning.

The lead did not last long. Britini Wilson gave up a two-run triple to University of Chicago’s, Colleen Bennett, in the top of the sixth inning. Down three to one, the Spartans needed to bounce back.

Spartan’s were able to do just that. Sophomore infielder Lauren O’Daniell got on base when she drew a walk. Then replaced by pinch runner, Angel Guerra, to add more speed with the game being so close. It seemed to be a smart choice when Spartan’s, sophomore Elaine Walker, drove the speedy, junior Angel Guerra, in on single to left field.

The Spartan showed a lot of fight going into the bottom on the seventh being down three to two, but could not manage to get another runner across.

Senior outfielder Stephanie Starr, went one for four with a double, gave us her thoughts on the first game of the doubleheader. “We came together as a team offensively and finally strung together hits but could not compete against the University of Chicago defensively ”.

Starr and the Spartan softball team need a quick turnaround as they play one more game against the University of Chicago softball team at Stuart Sports Complex.