It was a rough week for the Knox College softball team which lost both ends of three consecutive double headers to Monmouth College, Lake Forest College and MacMurray College.
The Prairie Fire opened their conference schedule with two wins against Illinois College in the final week of March but could not keep up with Monmouth’s offensive firepower the next weekend, losing 12-4 and 17-3 against the rival Fighting Scots.
Knox was in a position to bounce back with a victory against Lake Forest on Sunday, April 7, taking a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning, but the Foresters tied the game in their half of the inning and then took the lead for good with a three run homerun by Kaleigh Ambrose in the seventh.
“That was a tough way to lose a game. They took advantage of a [great opportunity], but we still felt like we had a chance with our bats. Unfortunately, we just weren’t able to produce,” head coach Ashley Sims said.
Knox lost game two 13-5 and then dropped both games to non-conference MacMurray on the road last Tuesday.
Despite the losses, Knox is not out of the conference race yet, with all five games against north division opponents and a double header against Cornell remaining.
Though the Prairie Fire will still need help from other teams, Sims believes the team has to focus on the tasks in front of them.
“It is important that we focus on ourselves and our play, because if we are consistent, we feel like we can play with anybody,” she said.
Knox will likely look to rally behind junior Amber Eisha. The two time All-MWC pitcher and third baseman is hitting .400 with three homeruns this season. Sims believes that Eisha has only discovered the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her potential.
“Amber has done well for us so far, but we still have been pushing her to get better just like with everyone else. Whether it is with hitting or pitching, there is still room for improvement for everyone,” she said.
Knox next plays in the Midwest Conference Crossover, which will see them play all five north division opponents in a span of three days from April 12 to April 14.