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Softball puts up impressive performance against Hillsdale College

The Lady Cards softball team finished this past week strong with a doubleheader win on the road against Hillsdale College on Friday, April 12.

These wins came after splitting the previous series against Wayne State, Ashland and Lewis throughout the week.

The team now sits at 18-16 on the season after its strong week.

Head coach Todd Buckingham spoke on the team finally stringing together multiple wins in a row.

“We finally broke a streak of six consecutive split doubleheaders with our sweep of Hillsdale,” Buckingham said. “Hopefully we have turned the corner on getting consistent focus for an entire day of games. We have proven that we can compete and beat anyone at any time, but we lost focus on the small things.”

In the Cards’ losses this past week, they were only defeated by a total margin of six runs. They were in close games with a relatively young lineup this season.

The Lady Cards’ top performers during this stretch have been senior pitcher Hannah Atwell, who had a 4-2 record in her six games started. She has been the “go-to” arm on the mound, according to Buckingham.

Aubree Mouthaan has also stepped up big for the Lady Cards. She leads the team in runs scored (34) and hits (44) this season. She is also third on the team in RBIs this season at 27.

Freshman utility player Sarah Gersch hit her first home run of the season this Friday after battling back from a back injury that kept her out of the beginning of the season.

“If we play the way we played against Hillsdale, and the other times we won our games this week, I feel like our team will be unstoppable,” Gersch said. “Our team fights hard every time we step out onto that playing field, and I know that we have what it takes to finish the season strong.”

With Sunday’s doubleheader against Wayne State being postponed until further notice, the team only have six doubleheaders left in their regular season.

“This week we have three big road doubleheaders,” Buckingham said. “We will approach this week with the same focus we have had all year. Doing the small things that win games. If we trust the process, we will hopefully come away with some key wins on the road.”

The team continues GLIAC play this week on Tuesday, April 16, against Northwood, followed by back-to-back doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, against Ferris State and Grand Valley State.

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