This past Sunday, the Trinity Tiger softball team swept the Staten Island University Dolphins, winning both of the doubleheader games 3-1 and 12-0.
The Tigers’ weekend was considered extremely impressive given the dominance the Tigers displayed on both sides. In the first game, the Tigers edged out the Dolphins 3-1, scoring at the bottom of the first, third and fifth innings. In their second game of the day, the Tigers won by run rule, scoring a total of six runs at the bottom of the third inning.
Before that, the Tigers had combined five runs in the first and second innings. The Tigers scored a run in the fourth inning, sealing the deal. With this performance, the Tigers feel as though they are off to a great start of the season.
“The atmosphere surrounding the team this year is really something special and I think this past weekend was a great representation of how well this team works to accomplish our goals for this season,” said sophomore shortstop Rebecca Berreth.
With these wins, the Tigers sit at 5-3, winners of the past three games. The softball team finds this crucial as they begin conference play this weekend.
“I think we’re gaining momentum and getting into the swing of things, literally. Sweeps, especially when they end in a run rule, are always a confidence booster, but we definitely try to stay level-headed and not get too cocky. We never want to take any team lightly, especially now since conference games start this weekend,” said senior pitcher Kaci Wellik.
The first game was a defensive battle with neither team committing an error.
The difference came in pitching; Wellik pitched a complete game and only allowed one run on three hits.
“I try to take games one pitch at a time. It was a fun game to pitch because they couldn’t touch my riseball. Also, my defense backed me up every inning without any errors, which makes it easier on me,” Wellik said. “I think the most fun inning was the one that I struck out all three girls in a row because that’s definitely an adrenaline rush.”
In the second game, Berreth and her teammates and first years Sarah Paller, Hailey Wilson, and Delphina Morales combined for six total hits, going 6-6 overall. For her performance on the plate this weekend, Berreth was named SCAC Player of the Week.
“I worked really hard in the off season to get where I am now after struggling offensively last season. I only hope that my hard work will continue to pay off so that I can help my team throughout our upcoming conference season,” Berreth said.
The Tigers begin conference play this weekend in a four-game series against their IH-35 rivals, Southwestern.
“I hope to continue our hitting streaks against Southwestern. We have multiple girls hitting above .500 right now, which is absolutely amazing, and if we can keep that going as well as keep our defense tight and errorless, I think we will play some great softball,” Wellik said.
You can catch the Tigers’ series against Southwestern at 1 and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Taylor-Sanders Softball Field in Georgetown.