Sports / The Prairie Fire / May 4, 2011

Softball ends season of highs and lows

In her last game as a collegiate softball player, senior Kim Krogull was able to make it a memorable one.

Krogull, who had entered the game with four hits on the season in limited action, reached base twice in three plate appearances, including a base hit in the fourth inning.

Thanks in part to her efforts, the Prairie Fire took both games of the team’s final home doubleheader of the year over Grinnell College, 3-2 and 11-3 last Friday.

Freshman Amber Eisha took both wins on the mound, going the distance in both games and improving to 5-10 on the year. In her 12 combined innings, she allowed just four earned runs while striking out eight.

Though the Prairie Fire were limited to just five hits in game one, junior Amanda Wollrab continued her hot hitting at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort and two RBIs. Fellow junior Beth McRill supplied the other RBI on a first-inning groundout in what would prove to be the game-winning RBI.

In game two, Knox was led at the plate by Eisha (2-for-2, 3 RBI), fellow freshmen Anna Lemen (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Jordan Shaffer (2-for-2, 2 RBI) in a game shortened by the eight-run mercy rule. Knox was forced to battle back from an early 3-0 deficit, and did so with strong, balanced offense throughout the game.

Unfortunately, Knox was unable to translate its winning ways into weekend play, as Midwest Conference South Division power Monmouth (21-12, 12-1 MWC) took a doubleheader from the Prairie Fire, 11-3 and 11-5. Lemen (1-8) took the loss in game one before Eisha (5-11) took the loss in the nightcap on a day in which Knox committed eight errors between the two games.

Junior Brittany Wisniewski carried much of the offensive load for the Fire in game one, driving in two of the three runs with a 1-for-3 day. Shaffer added two hits, and McRill drove in the other lone run. Junior Kaylah Murphy (1-for-2) and sophomore Sara Leverton (1-for-3) scored a run each.

In game two, Wisniewski went 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in three of Knox’s five runs. Eisha had two hits and drove in a run, and Murphy drove in the final run and scored twice.

Knox traveled to Augustana College on Tuesday for its final two games of the season. The Vikings (19-19) swept the Prairie Fire 6-5 and 10-2.

Eisha (5-12) took the game one loss, albeit in a quality start. She gave up three earned runs over six innings, scattering eight hits. She also drove in a run, as did sophomore Jill Krippel. Murphy drove in two runs and Shaffer was perfect from the plate (3-for-3).

Lemen (1-9) took the game two loss, giving up four earned over three innings. Wisniewski and Shaffer had Knox’s only two hits.

Knox ends the year 7-22 and 2-11 in MWC play. A full season recap will appear in an upcoming issue of The Knox Student.

Colin Davis

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