Storm softball hosts Newman in Saturday, Sunday twinbills
By HAROLD HARMON Sports Writer
Valentine’s Day is Friday and for those guys who were on some social media program and forgot what’s important, you just got a reprieve.
Coach Ron Faubion has been beating the bushes for makeup games because his LadyStorm softballers haven’t played since February 3.
Newman University of Kansas will be here for Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders that will pick up four of the six games lost when the Southeastern Regional Invitational was weathered out last weekend.
First pitches are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. each day and the weather is expected to be a bit more obliging than it has been lately.
For those who forgot the Valentine’s Day gift, bring your significant other out to the ball park for some softball sweetness.
Just say you didn’t forget, you were saving this for a really special treat.
To complete the six missed games, the LadyStorm will travel to Muskogee Tuesday, March 4, for a twinbill with Missouri Southern at the Hilldale High School field.
THE LADYSTORM WILL open play Saturday with a 3-2 record and will be trying to start the season for the second time this year.
Long layoffs aren’t conducive to sharpness afield and at the plate.
Southeastern brings a .298 team batting average and a 2.60 earned-run average to the weekend twinbills.
Newcomer Sydney Kramer (center field) is hitting a sizzling .538 at seven for 13 and returnee Laramie Beal (designated player) earned Great American Conference Co-Player of the Week with six for 13 (.462), two doubles and a team-leading five runs batted in
Returnees Jessica Simmons (second base) was six for 14 (.429) and Lacie Cook (third base) hit .400 on the nose at six for 15.
Several players hit the ball hard, but right at someone.
Last year’s GAC Newcomer of the Year Mindy McElroy battled the flu bug and still came away with a 1-0 record while allowing only one earned run in 9.2 innings, walking none and striking out four.
Jaycee Bennett, last year’s GAC Pitcher of the Year, appeared in all five games, started one and finished with a 1-1 record in 12 innings pitched. She walked four, struck out nine and posted a 2.92 ERA.
Bennett doesn’t issue many walks and three of the four came in one inning when nothing seemed to work.
Returnee Shayna Milam was also 1-1 in 9.1 innings in the circle. She walked three, whiffed six and had a 4.50 ERA.
Newcomer Hosanna McCoy pitched 1.1 innings, allowed one hit and no runs.
NEWMAN’S JETS will be trying to open the season here Saturday.
Ain’t ‘spring’ weather loverly for outdoor sports?
Newman’s 18-player roster has seven returnees and is in a rebuilding season for second-year coach Megan Whitlock.
Kaitlyn Buck, senior outfielder/infielder, is the top returning hitter at .306, one home run and seven stolen bases in 11 tries.
Taylor Schawe, sophomore catcher/infielder, batted .289 with two home runs a year ago.
Kelsey Jones, junior pitcher/utility, hit .259 with three homers and a team-high 19 runs batted in.
Jones is the top returning pitcher at 3-9 with 22 strikeouts in 87.1 innings.
Taylor Parsons (2-15) is back in the circle after working 89 innings and striking out 37.
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