Trailblazers Fall Short in OCAC Double Header

The Ohio Christian University Trailblazer softball team fell short in both games of last Saturday's double header at Southern State Community College. The final score for the first game was 15-0 and the second ended with a final score of 17-0. These were the Trailblazers first two games of their OCAC conference season.

Offensively in game one the Trailblazers would get six hits and one base on balls. "We had base runners today. We even got some runners into scoring position. Now we just have to find a way to put that last piece of the puzzle together and get our runners home," said head coach Emory Clark. "We made good contact on some other pitches, but Southern State was able to make some good plays defensively and keep our runners off base."

Offensively for the Trailblazers freshman first baseman Crystal Thorne led all batters by going 2-2 on the day. Freshman Courtney Schilling, Kourtnie Buchanan and Stacy Russell would each add one hit. Sophomore Allison Mays was 1-2 at the plate on the day before leaving the game with an injury. Sophomore Jasmine Howell would draw a walk earn one stolen base on the day.

Defensively the Trailblazers gave up 15 hits, 1 double and 1 triple. Freshman pitcher Stacy Moody had 2 strikeouts while giving up only one base on balls. The Trailblazers would commit five errors in the game. "We gave up some costly errors today. There were times it looked as if we could get out of the inning with no problem, and then the wheels just seemed to fall off. We are still young, and still have some work to do, but I am confident that we will keep seeing improvement," said Coach Clark.

In game two freshman Kourtnie Buchanan would lead all Trailblazer batters by going 2-2 with one stolen base. Jaia Reidling, Crystal Thorne, Katie Clark, and Staci Russell would each add one base hit for the day. Jaia Reidling would lead all base runners with two stolen bases. Crystal Thorne, Kourtnie Buchanan and Staci Russell would add one steal a piece.

Defensively in game two the Trailblazers would allow 13 hits and three doubles while giving up 17 runs. Pitcher Stacy Moody would allow six bases on balls and one hit batter while striking out one batter. The Trailblazers committed five errors in the second game.

"We still struggled in the second game. Offensively we had six hits and five stolen bases, but still couldn't seem to get our runners back across the plate. Defensively we had some nice plays, again, but we still gave up too many errors, and we gave up some hits that maybe could have been outs because we started playing a little timidly to try and avoid more errors," said Coach Clark. "We are going to work hard this week on our defense and on being smart, but aggressive, on the base pads. The ladies have a desire to improve and a desire to win. I am confident that we will see it all come together before too long."

The Trailblazers are scheduled to host the Eagles of Asbury University this Saturday at Ted Lewis Park. "These are our first home games of the season, and it will be our Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. We hope to have a good crowd to come out and cheer for us," said Coach Clark. Game times begin at 1:00 PM.

Ohio Christian University softball competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association and in the Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference. For more information about the Ohio Christian University softball program visit the Ohio Christian University website at www.ohiochristian.edu or contact Coach Emory Clark at 740-477-7707 or by email at eclark@ohiochristian.edu.