Softball struggles in opening half of season

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The women’s softball team has been off to a rough start this spring season. After playing eighteen games, the girls have an overall record of 4 – 14. Their home game record is 2-6 while their neutral-located game record is 2-8. The girls began their season at the DOT Richardson Spring Tournament.

On Mar. 18, the Dutchwomen played against Buffalo State and University of Minnesota-Morris. They lost 9 – 8 in a close game to Buffalo, but then redeemed themselves by winning 4 – 2 against Minnesota-Morris.

The following day, Union played against Allegheny and Wesleyan. They started the day off strong with a 3-1 win over Allegheny, but fell flat when playing against Wesleyan, losing 9-0. On Mar. 20, the third day of the tournament, the girls played against Oberlin and Lawrence, where they lost both games with scores of 15 – 10 and 11 – 5, respectively.

Union then finished up the final two days of the tournament with games against University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Elmhurst, Calvin and Colby. They struggled throughout all four games and lost with scores of 12 – 6, 7 – 0, 5 – 1 and 2 – 0, respectively. Overall, Union finished the tournament with two wins and eight losses. Union has played four times since the tournament. The Dutchwomen’s losing streak continued on Apr. 8 when they played against St. Lawrence, losing 8 – 2 and 13 – 0.

After losing against St. Lawrence, the girls lost against Oneonta on Apr. 11 by scores of 5 – 3 and 6 – 2. On Apr. 13, Union got out of their rut and won against SUNY Canton in a double-header, winning by scores of 8 – 0 and 14 – 3. After this high, the team played against Clarkson in a double header where they lost both games by scores of 8 – 4 and 6 – 1, respectively.

Although the team has not been successful in the past, each player has contributed to the team’s work ethic. Courtney Casey ’18 and Laura Aptowitz ’17 each lead the team with 11 runs. Nikki Ditzito ’18 and Kara Brown ’19 each are tied for the second-highest amount of runs with nine total so far this season. Kim Puzo ’19 has had the one and only home run this season. Both Brown and Dana Dolinko ’19 have pitched so far this season. Brown holds a record of 1 -5 , while Donlinko holds a record of 3 – 9 this season. The season is not over yet and the team will continue to try and push out as many wins as possible.

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