Softball loses two against Williams

As the flowers and spring fever spread vibrantly across Mayflower Hill, a similar excitement fuels the spirited play of Colby’s softball team. The women of the diamond got off to a fiery start prior to their double header against Williams this past weekend. Coming off an impressive two wins over the University of Maine at Farmington, in which the Mules dominated by the scores of 2-1 and 11-1, they looked to utilize strong defense and effective hitting against a formidable Williams squad.

The Ephs came into this weekend with an impressive 12-5 record while the Mules looked to push their record above .500, holding a 5-5 record. The first game went back and forth for the first five innings before the Ephs exploded for the eight run rule, capping the game at 11-3. The devastating loss didn’t deter the resilient Mules as they bounced back, pounding ten hits in the second game. Grace Farnkoff ’17 sparked the sudden surge of offensive output from the Mules, going three for four in the final game. The second game was entertaining for the full the full seven innings. Good defense on Colby’s part kept the game close until the Ephs put the game out of reach by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning to eclipse the eight run rule, making the final score 12-3. The offensive outpouring by the Ephs emphasized their continuing dominance this season.

Despite the two losses, the Mules found promising notes in both of their matchups. The offensive rebound in the second game denotes the character of this year’s team. Vanessa Warshaw ’18 said, “The season is off to a good start. We are super excited about the new fields, and they have been amazing because we have been able to practice outside since the season started.” The new fields have surely added a spark to the season, and have provided a new advantage to the team. Outdoor practices this early  in the season have given them an advantage in acclimating to game-like situations, which other teams might not have yet. “We have a strong team this year and have been putting in a lot of work, so we are ready to start playing our conference games next weekend,” Warshaw added. The extra practice, in combination with the spirited attitude of the team, promises for great achievements as the season wears on.

With their double-header against Williams behind them, the Mules look forward to two games against a tough Tufts team next weekend, followed by a matchup with Thomas College, and then two games against Bowdoin on the horizon. The Colby women’s softball team has a lot cut out for them, but with their competitive edge and unified play, they surely seem up to the challenge.

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