LEGENDS Way, Fla. - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball lost its first two games of the day which shifted their focus to one of the toughest things in athletics; how to bounce back? After the coaches pre-game speech and the risk at being swept, the Pomeroys sparked! SMWC took its aggression out on their opponent, Doane University. In result, a 10-6 victory!
However, it was not only the pre-game speech that amped up SMWC. The other influence, a bat boy named Trayton. Little brother of freshman pitcher Hannah Lewis, Trayton Lewis was in the dugout which provided the player's energy and new life when they needed it most. The softball team admits he was a big key in their success, "Trayton brought a lot of fun to our dugout," said winning pitcher Katelynn Kennedy.
"You sucked at hitting the ball but you're still good. You'll get it next time," Trayton said to senior (and older cousin) Hollie Jones. Blunt honesty may be the best method as Jones stated, "He gives me a hard time all of the time but it's good to hear." She added, "Trayton keeps the dugout positive and laughing! Letting him get the bat and then coming back into him giving you some knuckles or a high five is literally the highlight of it all."
So what does big sister think about Trayton hanging around as ball boy? "I think my brother brought some fun to the game tonight. He will definitely be back on Friday to help us get some more victories," said Hannah Lewis. Exactly the answer we had all hoped to hear!
Trayton and the SMWC softball team will have two rest days before finishing up Spring Training in Florida on Friday.
Game #6 | vs. Lourdes University (Ohio)
The Pomeroys fell behind quickly in game one and could not put a stop to the Lourdes high-powered offense. SMWC gave-up 11 runs and lost its fourth game of the season 11-3. Brooke Coffing got the start for SMWC, she gave up four hits and five runs over two innings. Hannah Lewis stepped in as a relief and would finish the game. The Woods finished tallied four hits on the day. Katelynn Kennedy and Camryn Scott each collected two hits apiece.
Game #7 | vs. Saint Francis University (Ind.)
SMWC was beaten by the Cougars in Game Two 10-4. SMWC took an early first inning lead 1-0 when Mallory Clarkson advanced home after Camryn Taylor was walked by the pitcher. In the third inning, SFU exploded as they scored five runs to take the lead 5-1. SMWC's only scoring from there would be a home run by senior Nicole Niespodziany (third of her career) in the seventh inning. Taylor Andrew was in the circle and finished with seven strikeouts.
Game #8 | vs. Doane University (Neb.)
With Trayton present, the Pomeroys battled it out with Doane University. SMWC was led by freshman Camryn Scott who finished the day going 2-for-4, with two RBI's, one Run Scored, and her first collegiate home run! Scott's two-run bomb came in the top of the sixth inning to give the Pomeroys a 10-2 lead! Katelynn Kennedy snagged the victory on the mound, her second of the season. She threw the full contest striking out three batters. Kindra Gingerich, Hailey Miller, and Jilliann Reese each added two hits apiece.
Quote | Nicole Niespodziany
On blasting the first home run of the season against Nicole Niespodziany...
"Ultimately, it blew my mind that I would hit a home run in the last inning. I honestly just went up there relaxed, trying my best because we had two outs and a lot of runs left to score. It's a learning process and a mental game but it goes to show that it's never too late, always go down trying to score. Softball is a game of failure and mentality, therefore a positive mindset can have the most optimal influence."
How she feels the team can overcome some of their obstacles...
"It's been a tough start to the season, however, we're growing and learning through each game we play. Obviously, it's not ideal how to start the season, but these games have allowed us to capitalize on our weakness to further improve for the season. We still have several games left to pick ourselves up and come together."
Quote | Camryn Scott
On hitting her first collegiate home run after getting hit by a pitch in the hand the previous at-bat...
"Honestly, I didn't believe it was going out I just knew it was a deep ball. But when I saw it go over I was overwhelmed and surprised because I had just got my fingers knocked off. I knew it was going to help my team in the long-run."
On how the team was able to pull together...
"I think everyone coming together & playing for each other really gave us the fire & energy that we needed to get the win!"
Quote | Katelynn Kennedy
On what sparked the Pomeroys to come out with fire in Game Three...
"I think we were just tired of losing. We had a good team talk before the game that really got us going. Our timely hits helped bring the intensity up in the dugout and on the field."
Who's On Deck?
SMWC will enjoy the next two days off and enjoy the wonderful weather and take full advantage of Orlando, Florida. The Pomeroys are scheduled to spend a day at Daytona Beach, enjoy Walt Disney World, and go shopping at the immensely popular Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. They will be back on the diamond on Friday, March 15th against two Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) schools Lawrence Technological University and Concordia University-Ann Arbor.
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