By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The Knights softball team had a tough debut against Mississippi 8 conference rival Buffalo.
Falling behind early, STMA only managed to scratch out two runs on the afternoon in the face of some strong winds. Knights junior Krista Slavin struggled, giving up eight runs (seven earned) as she pitched a complete game.
Freya Hanson drove in STMA’s only runs of the game and Erin Schindler went 3-4 in the contest as the Knights fell 8-2. Coach Kellie Shumway said the game was partially the result of an odd schedule and not a lot of time practicing outside as a team. The game was the team’s first time outside this season.
KNIGHTS LOSE LATE LEAD AGAINST PANTHERS
After taking a day to regroup, Knights softball was back at it against the Panthers of Spring Lake Park.
The Knights (0-2) got an early run on a play which saw catcher Brianna Kinghorn score from third during a rundown. Slavin pitched another complete game and had her command for most of it.
STMA’s one run held up until the top of the seventh inning. Things took a turn as Slavin gave up two unearned runs to the Panthers. In the bottom of the inning, Brooke Burditt struck out, Taylor Zopfi grounded out trying to bunt for a hit, and Schindler struck out to end the game.
Shania Kinghorn recorded two hits, as did Schindler. Brianna Kinghorn drew a walk to go along with a hit.
Coach Shumway said that the team played much better than it did in the opener.
“We were very pleased with how the girls played,” she said, noting that Slavin and Brianna Kinghorn did a nice job.
The Knights game against Delano was postponed Monday. They had several games scheduled for the week they hoped to play in the face of the weather.