CSC Softball To Play Six Games In Three Days

Photo Courtesy: Zachary Carlson, CSC Sports Information

With winter weather beginning to dissipate, the Chadron State College softball team is set to travel to Southern Colorado for a four-game series at CSU-Pueblo on Saturday and Sunday, before stopping off at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for a makeup doubleheader on Monday. All games are Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contests.

Pueblo is 4-4 (1-3 RMAC) and coming off a 3-1 series loss at Colorado School of Mines last weekend in its RMAC opener. Prior to that, the team split with Bethany College and won two against Adams State University in non-conference action.

The ThunderWolves boast the second-highest team batting average in the league, and from the pitching circle, they are fourth in both earned runs average and opponent batting average.

CSU-Pueblo deploys an array of pitchers, four of whom have seen at least seven innings of work through eight games. The starters are freshman Oakleigh Kearby, junior Taylor Strupp, and another freshman, Katelynn Ralston. Leading the Pack statistically are relievers Sophia Lishner, a freshman, and Samantha Riesen, a senior. Kearby, the leader in terms of starts and innings pitched, holds a 3.86 ERA and is allowing her opponents to bat .355.

Shortstop Gabby Moreno leads all Pueblo batters, hitting 14-for-28 so far, for a .500 average. She has 13 runs scored and 11 RBI, both team-highs.

When the Eagles last played the ThunderWolves, it was the conclusion of the abbreviated 2020 season, just before the RMAC canceled spring sports, on March 7-8. CSC won that series 3-1 in Chadron. Three of the four games were won by a single run, while CSC ended game two at 9-1 in the sixth with a walk-off single by junior Alyx Gragg.

CSC won both of its matchups last weekend in Chadron against UCCS. A nine-inning slugfest broke the Eagles’ way in the early game, when they went ahead 8-7 on an Allie Mason single. The late game was halted due to visibility, with the home team on top 7-4.

UCCS sophomore shortstop Solana Martinez was 3-for-6 at the plate, in last weekend’s doubleheader. She walked twice and struck out once.

Senior Saleen Quinonez and freshman Brianna Santos were both 3-for-7, with Santos hitting the Mountain Lions’ only home run of the day.

For CSC (2-4, 2-0 RMAC), junior Gabby Russell leads all pitchers with a 4.50 ERA, while starter Peyton Propp leads the Eagles in strikeouts, with 18. Junior Tia Kohl, the other starter, has six strikeouts in nine and two-thirds innings. Chadron State ranks 11th in the league for team ERA.

At the plate, where CSC ranks ninth in the conference, Bailey Rominger stands out with a .462 batting average and four walks. Bailey Marvel is batting .333 and has 7 of 18 runs scored for the Eagles.

Marvel stole five bases in five tries during last weekend’s doubleheader.

First pitch for the games on Saturday is at noon, with the doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday to start at 11 a.m.