by Allison Morehead

The Northwestern softball team will have to wait longer to play its first post-spring break game as the fields are far from playing condition.  So far there have been two games postponed due to the un-melted snow.

However, the snow is not letting the team’s spirit down.  Senior Kaia Larson stated, “Softball is meant to be played outside, so our team is definitely anxious to get out on the field.”
Freshman player Megan Threlkeld added, “I hope the snow won’t affect the season much longer.”

When a game is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, it is rescheduled some time later in the season.  This results in more games in a shorter period of time, which is not an ideal situation.

Despite the weather not being right for spring sports, Larson said the team is still getting its practices in.  “When games get cancelled or we spend a lot of time practicing in the gym, it can be difficult to stay focused and motivated.  Our coaches do a great job of keeping practice exciting though, so that definitely helps.  Our team just loves being together too, so that also keeps practice fun.”

The game the Eagles are most looking forward to playing this spring is against St. Scholastica—the number one team in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC).

Threlkeld explained, “We are playing them April 8 at home.  I’m excited for some good competition.”

The women are using a Bible verse as the theme for the season.  Colossians 2:2 which reads, “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God.”
Larson explained, “Most importantly, our team wants to glorify Jesus through all that we do.We want to be a light to players, coaches, umpires and fans. We are also striving to become a strong knit team that loves and encourages one another.”

With only three seniors, the team is made up of mostly underclassman.  “I expect this to be a great season for this team, filled with a lot of learning. There are a lot of new girls on the team, so I’m excited to see how we will keep progressing throughout the season,” said Larson.

Threlkeld said, “Even though we’re young, we make a great team.” The Eagles next scheduled game is at home April 11 against Crown College at 3 p.m.

The Eagles were able to get in some games last weekend, playing indoors at the Vadnais Heights Dome.

The Eagles first matchup was against Bethany Lutheran College. They put up four runs, but struggled pitching.  They lost with a final score of 4-10.

The Eagles bats came alive as they scored 25 runs in two games. The won 14-3 against Crown College and 11-4 against University of Minnesota Morris.

The weekend would not end with a win, however, as the Eagles lost 1-8 to Martin Luther College.

Jennifer Ankrom is leading the team with a .558 batting average. She also has 22 RBIs and three homeruns.

Including Ankrom, the Eagles have six players batting over .300. Offensively, the team is starting to find its rhythm.

Weather permitting, the softball team will play April 8 at home against College of St. Scholastica.

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