The Knox softball team (5-16) needed a strong performance in the circle to get past the Robert Morris University Eagles in the first game of an April 17 home doubleheader, and the Prairie Fire got just that from freshman pitcher Amber Eisha. The close win in the first game led to continued momentum for Knox in the nightcap.
Behind a near no-hit bid from Eisha, the Prairie Fire took game one, 2-1, before winning the second game, 8-6. Junior Amanda Wollrab and sophomore Brittany Wisniewski each had two hits for the Fire. Freshman Jordan Shaffer singled in the third inning to drive in Wisniewski and sophomore Jill Krippel.
Eisha earned her second win of the season in the circle, giving up only a double in the seventh inning. She struck out three and walked three in the complete game effort.
In the nightcap, many of the usual culprits were back at it again for Knox. Wisniewski turned in a 3-for-4 night with three RBIs. Junior Beth McRill added three hits and an RBI. Shaffer, Eisha, and Krippel all had two hits apiece. Shaffer drove in two more runs, and Eisha drove in one.
Eisha (3-9) again earned the win for Knox. She pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out four. She came on in relief of fellow freshman Anna Lemen, who pitched two innings, giving up three earned runs.
For her efforts, Eisha was named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week. In addition to her performance in the circle, Eisha is batting .467 with two RBIs and five runs scored in her last four games. Her .356 batting average is good for second on the team.
Wet and windy Millikin Invite
Last Saturday, Knox’s men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in a wet and windy Millikin Invitational in Decatur, Ill. The men’s team finished third, and the women’s team second of four teams, respectively.
With temperatures in the mid-to-high 30’s, and windchills much lower, Knox’s athletes struggled.
“The weather was a major factor,” head coach Dan Zierfuss said. “It was extremely cold, rainy and windy—probably the coldest meet I’ve ever been to as a coach. But, the weather being what it was, we had a lot of good performances.”
Among these good performers were freshmen Devin Compton and Tim Worrell. Compton finished fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put. Worrell posted a sixth place finish in the shot put and seventh in discus.
Freshman Gabe Moreno finished first in the 5,000 meter run. Sophomores Sean Choate and Jacob Buddell finished second and fourth respectively in the event.
The men’s team tallied 110 points on the day, good for third place of the four teams there. Midwest Conference foe Illinois College won the event with 200 points.
On the women’s side, senior Chloe Bohm won the 400-meter dash with at time of 1:07.5. Bohm also finished sixth in the 200-meter dash. In the javelin throw, freshman Delaney Gould finished in second place.
The women’s team tallied 100 points, good for second place, ahead of Illinois College and Eureka College.
This Friday, Knox will travel to Dubuque, Iowa for the Spartan Open, hosted by Dubuque University. Coach Zierfuss is hopeful that the weather will play a smaller part in the weekend’s events.
“Weather wise, it should be a little better,” Zierfuss said. “It’ll still be somewhat cold. But we’ve still got to compete hard and understand that we’re not guaranteed 70 degrees and sunshine every weekend. Athletes have to adapt.”