Saturday, May 1 will conclude the softball season and will conclude the athletic careers of four seniors.
“We’re going to miss their leadership that they brought to us. They are good people. It’s always hard to lose good people,” head coach Ashley Sims said.
On Saturday the Fire softball team will be facing Illinois College for their last doubleheader of the season at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the softball field. Be sure to come out and show your support for the squad.
Hopefully, they will fare better this Saturday than they did this past Saturday when they traveled up to Lake Forest.
Lake Forest was sitting atop the South Division and had already clinched a Midwest Conference (MWC) tournament berth. The Foresters along with the Monmouth Fighting Scotts will be representing the South Division at the MWC tournament which is set to take place in early May.
Knox entered the game at 6-20 while Lake Forest entered the doubleheader with a record of 18-10-1 but were 8-1 in conference. Knox played tough, but ended the weekend with two more tallies in the loss column.
“They are the toughest teams in our division, so two tough games,” Sims said.
The Fire were held to only four hits in the pair of games with two of those hits coming from senior Cheyenne Cortez.
“The first game the pitcher pitched a perfect game so I was pretty upset about that. But the second game, we played better, but we just need to stay consistent,” said senior Regina Cloyd.
The Fire were ready and determined to get back to work and finish the season strong. However, their plans to practice on Monday were ruined by Flunk Day!
The Fire did not practice on Monday, but instead got a chance for some rest and it paid its dividends in competition on Tuesday versus Eureka College. Knox traveled down to Eureka for a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon and brought back a split with a very positive offensive showing.
Knox won game one by a score of 4-1 and put up another two runs in a tough game two loss 5-2. The bats again lost their consistency in the second half of game two. The win in game one pushed the Fire to a 7-23 record overall. Two days with no practice and Flunk Day the day before, and Prairie Fire split. Here then is another reason why we should have Flunk Day more often.
As the Fire look to Saturday some will begin to reminisce and think about just how fast the time has flown by. Four years, like the saying goes, flies when you are having fun. The younger players will be able to reflect on the season and think about what things are necessary for this offseason to create a regular season where they are more competitive.
“We will not change our strategy or approach,” Sims said. “We will stay an aggressive team but we will recruit the personnel with softball backgrounds and from winning programs. We are bringing in four pitchers for next year and that will be huge.”
A bright spot for the future is freshman Brittany Wisniewski who is leading the team in hits, runs scored and RBIs. For a team that had its fair share of offensive struggles, she will be huge as she continues to develop as a player.
Maybe we will have another Flunk Day tomorrow and the Knox College Prairie Fire softball team will pull out two more wins for the season.