Softball Wins Big on Last Day
The Red Devils continued to tack on runs as the game progressed. In the second, Mikesell singled in Corinne Aherne ’14 to make it 4-0. Abell came up with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning and hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the fifth run, once again setting the stage for Homa, who doubled in two more. A two-out Albright error made it 8-0. Albright made three more errors in the fifth and Dickinson’s offense added three hits in the inning to put the game at 11-0. Abell and Homa both singled in a run in the fifth. Homa finished 3-for-4 with 5 RBI. Melissa Osborn ’13, Swade, Mikesell, and Aherne each went 2-for-3.
Katri Thiele ’15 tossed a good game but left with nothing to show for it in the 4-0 loss. Thiele went 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and zero earned runs, but her defense made two costly first inning errors that led to all of Albright’s scoring. Thiele put up zeroes from that point forward. After an offensive display in the first game, the Red Devil bats mustered only two hits as they faced Albright’s ace. Denise Haines ’13 (3B) and Melissa Osborn (SS) formed a powerful left side of the infield as Haines hit four homeruns and Osborn added two. Haines also led the team with 18 RBI and a .349 batting average. Osborn finished second at .297. Katie Swade ’15, the second-basemen, proved to be a patient and effective leadoff hitter as she led the team with 28 walks and a .422 on-base percentage. Her 28 walks led the Centennial Conference and she also came in fourth in sacrifice bunts (seven). From the circle, Homa posted dominant numbers. She finished with a league-leading 30 appearances (19 starts) and finished second in the Centennial with 172 strikeouts, 156 innings pitched, a 1.88 ERA, and 17 complete games.
Although it was not a successful year for the Red Devils, the future is bright. “We struggled winning the second games in double headers which hurt our playoff push,” said Melissa Osborn. “We have a strong returning team, and with a lot of hard work we could have a good season next spring.” Dickinson finished seventh in the Centennial Conference at 7-9.