CLERMONT, FL: Mount Union softball started the Spring Games by splitting the first two days. Day three was a much better day as Mount Union (4-2) defeated Suffolk (0-3) and Ursinus (PA) (2-2). Both games saw great hitting from the Raiders accompanied by two great pitching performances.
Game one for the Raiders started quickly as junior Brooklyn Hellman (Canton, OH) led off with a single and was driven in by freshman Grace Heath (Beloit, OH) when she tripled and then advanced home on a throwing error and allowed the Raiders to jump to a quick 2-0 lead. Hellman talked about her role as the leadoff hitter and said, “I believe being the leadoff batter is a very critical role, being the leadoff hitter, I’m setting the tone for the game. She also went on to talk about how great the lineup is and that even if she fails to get on there are great bats that follow.
Mount Union added four in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth in route to an 11-6 victory. On the mound for the Raiders was sophomore Alyssa Rose (Madison, OH) who went five and a third and struck out eleven on her way to her first winning decision on the young season. Rose stated, “My screwball was really working, I was able to setup batters to throw my rise ball for strikeouts.”
Game two went just as well for the Raiders as they got up early thanks to a three-run home run from Alyssa Rose in the bottom half of the first. Rose talked about the home run saying, “I was just excited for us to get the lead after they (Ursinus) came out and scored one in the first inning.” The Raiders would add four more in the second and quickly found themselves in front, 7-1.
Sophomore Cheyanne Bosse (Montville, OH) started game two on the bound after closing out game one. Bosse with a great outing went five complete innings, striking out five and only giving up two runs on her way to win number two on the mound. The Raiders scored one run in each of the last three innings, including a solo home run from sophomore Hanna Ingram (Stow, OH) as Mount Union defeated Ursinus in five innings, 10-2.
Bosse commanded the strike zone through great use of her curveball, when asked what was working to allow her to close game one and pitch all of game two she said, “I was able to go the distance because we worked so hard in preseason to prepare for days like today.” The preparation showed as the Raiders looked great in both games.
Bosse also talked about the Raiders success stating, “Our energy level is so high for game days, the team chemistry this year plays a major role.” When asked about the success the team has had early this season. Hellman also talked about the team's success saying, “We are a very positive and hardworking team, and I’m excited to see how we finish out our Florida games and come home to face OAC competition.”
The Lady Raiders will be back in action Tuesday as they take on Trinity (TX) at 9:00am and Penn St. Behrend at 11:30am in Minneola, FL.