A bright spot in what has been an early rough start to the season, Knox softball (2-15, 1-1) took game one of Wednesday’s double-header at home against Monmouth (5-12, 1-3) in exciting fashion, winning 4-3.
Getting clutch play from the senior class, Knox was able to rally from behind in the seventh inning to earn the win in the conference opener for the season. Senior co-captain Katie Schneider was central to the rivalry win as she homered twice, once in the third to put the Prairie Fire on the board, and again in the seventh to tie the game at three a piece. Senior Katie Dura followed with a double, and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring the winning run off sophomore Jessa Dahl’s RBI single. Senior Bridget McCune had a strong outing, getting the win and garnering five strikeouts in her 4 2/3 innings of work.
Knox found themselves on the other side of the winning run in game two as they fell to Monmouth 4-3 in yet another close contest. Bringing them to 2-15 on the season, 1-1 in conference play, the team will travel to Janesville, Wis. this weekend to compete in the Midwest Conference Classic. Aware, but not hung up on the rough start, Schneider found an encouraging collective will among her teammates in the conference contests on Wednesday and feels confident about the games that lie ahead.
“I feel that we have come together as a team and made a commitment to win,” Schneider said. “We look forward to the tournament this week and hope to take all five games.”
With games this weekend against Beloit, Lawrence, Carroll, Ripon, and St. Norbert Colleges, the Prairie Fire look to gain ground on .500 before traveling to Mt. Vernon, Iowa next Thursday for a double-header against Cornell College.