KOKOMO, IN – Although the first round of conference tournament play did not go the way they intended, the Ohio Christian Softball team attempted to change their fate late in the round 2 matchup. Today they faced off against Indiana University Southeast and gave them a run for their money. The teams had split their series during the regular season and with both teams sitting at the 2-seed in the East and West Divisions, it was sure to be a tough game for either side.

IU-Southeast was able to jump out and score the first run of the game in the top of the 1st off a throwing error from third base. They tacked on yet another unanswered run in the top of the 2nd from an RBI fielder's choice. It wasn't until after the Grenadiers scored their third run of the afternoon in the third inning that Ohio Christian answered with their own run as Kylee Bako reached first on a wild pitch, this giving Hilarie Spitler enough time to reach home and put on the first Trailblazer point in the game. Later in the inning, Emma Dammeyer stole home to put up the second run of the game.

The next inning ended up in the same fashion though this time, both teams split scoring one apiece. OCU's Kristin Gardner singled to left field and batted in Emma Hastings on a bases-loaded situation. At this point the score was 3-5 with the Grenadiers in the lead.

After a scoreless 5th inning, the largest scoring inning of the game began in the top of the 6th as Southeast scored twice giving the Trailblazers a rough hole to get out of at 3-7. This is when the game started getting interesting for Ohio Christian as Kristin Gardner doubled to left field bringing in a Karissa McLean run making it a 4-7 deficit. Hilarie Spitler came up to the plate later to hit her second home run of the season and this was a huge one bringing in Gardner from second taking the point differential down to just one.

Unfortunately, this was the final run seen by the Trailblazer team while Indiana Southeast put three more runs on the board to end this one at 6-10, victory to the Grenadiers.

With such an exciting and phenomenal season, Coach Lewis had this to say about his team. "I have no words that can express how much fun this season has been for not just the girls, but myself as well. Not many people saw what this team knew they had deep down inside of them, though they gave it their all every single game. Being able to say that they are only the second team ever to make it to the conference tournament and not only that but are now the owners of the best team record in school history is something they can take and hold on to. I've said this before, but this team is young and with only losing Emma Dammeyer, we should have the core back and more next season."

He went on to talk about Emma and her importance to the team, "I say 'only' simply for the fact of having a team that has done all that they've done this year with just one senior moving on after the season is amazing. Emma has meant so much to this team and she has accomplished more than I think she thought she would. Being named All-Conference First Team is a big honor to walk out with and I'm very proud of what she's been able to contribute to this team. Glory to God for all He has given us this year and all that He will continue to bless us with. This team has definitely been blessed all season."

Although this season is over, they have accomplished too many things this season to hang their heads low after today's loss. Best conference record in school history, best overall record in school history, having athletes in almost every top 5 statistic within the conference, and more. No, they aren't coming home with a conference championship, but this season will go down in Trailblazer Softball history has one of the best Trailblazer teams in school history.

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