Softball ends on a high note
Saturday, April 26, 2008
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin softball team closed out its 2008 season by splitting a non-conference doubleheader with Case Western Reserve at Gainey Field, dropping the first game 7-3 while squeaking out a narrow 5-4 victory in game two.
The Knights ended their season with a 12-23 record, finishing seventh in the MIAA with a 5-11 mark in league games.
For first-year coach Emily Bustrum, it was a spring laden with ups and downs, though the team managed to notch five wins in its last week-and-a-half of play.
“It started off rough,”¯ said Bustrum. “With all the injuries, we had some adversity to get over before we started to focus on the regular season, but we were able to make-due with putting players in different situations.” After Saturday’s game one against the visiting Spartans, Calvin’s three seniors - Jalean Makedonsky, Cori VanKoevering and Samantha Ehlert - were honored before they played their final collegiate game, where the Knights held off a late-game Case Western surge to pull off the win.
“All three seniors have done an amazing job,” said Bustrum. “Their heart and dedication to the program was evident everyday that they come out and interacted with their teammates.”
Calvin hurler Kristin Folkerts (9-18) allowed four hits and five runs in the second inning of game one, giving way to an early 5-0 Spartan lead that would prove insurmountable throughout. Four of those runs were unearned, though, as Calvin committed two crucial errors in the inning.
The Knights would scratch across two runs in the third off Brittany Moriarty’s two-RBI single to cut into Case Western’s lead, but the Spartans’ Adriane Lewandowski belted a two-RBI triple in the sixth that sealed the win for the visitors, 7-3.
In game two, Calvin manufactured an electrifying five-run inning in the fourth frame that was spurred by Loren Scarbrough’s run-scoring double into deep left field. Makedonsky ripped a two-RBI single three batters later, Jenn Vanden Akker scored on an infield error, and VanKoevering laid down a sac bunt RBI to cap off the inning.
After giving up four runs in the fifth inning, Calvinā€™s Amanda Johnson (3-5) was pulled in favor of Folkerts, who returned to shut the door on Case Western’s comeback efforts. Folkerts diffused a bases-loaded scenario in the top of the seventh, sending the Knights into the offseason with a win in their final game of the season, 5-4.
“To come out with a win in our second game is exactly how we looked to end our season and send our seniors off,”¯ said Bustrum.