The Michigan Softball team boarded the bus today and headed up US 23 to M-10 and over to Mt Pleasant. It is a home and home (year over year) with the Chips (my second favorite college team).
We started off a tad slow today. The Chips took a 2-1 lead into the top of the 6th inning. However, Margo Jonker could not keep the wheels greased as the wheels fell off. We scored 9 runs en route to a 6th inning mercy-rule win.
Sara Driesenga was the starter today. She gave up 1 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 2 and did not walk anyone. She was relieved by Haylie Wagner after 3 complete. Haylie finished with almost identical numbers: 1 ER off 5 hits with 4 Ks and 0 BB. Haylie go the win to improve to 22-4. What more can we ask of this young lady? If Haylie is not in the discussion for Freshmen of the Year, I will be highly irritated to say the least.
The offense was led by Colie Sappingfield. She went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. I noticed against moo u, Colie was seeing the ball much better. Coach put her in the #2 slot today, Ashley Lane went 1 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Chiddy went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Sara hit a double over the CF head. I love watching this kid with the bat. She swings with authority. She may be in a mini-slump in the circle but she still contributes day in and day out.
We still struggle as a team with consistent hitting. Its nice to see us sting together some hits but we need to spread the hits out and knock teams out early. Its nice to see Chiddy swing the big bat. She is not happy with her performance this year but after the year she had last year, a let-down was inevitable. It is difficult to maintain that level of play over 2 seasons.
I was the Manager for the Chip's Club Team for a couple of years while my daughter played there. I really like the CMU campus and Kelly Shorts Field is a fun place while our boys are away.