Lily Ives ’23
Nine games in six days. The Trinity Softball squad kicked off their 2022 season with non-stop action on their Spring Break trip to Clermont, Florida, racking up five wins and four losses during their season opening whirlwind Florida trip.
On the first day of their season, Sunday Mar. 20, the Bantams took home two wins, sweeping
Wellesley College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trinity dominated the day, crushing the Wellesley College Blue 8-0, and defeating the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers 3-1. Senior Alex Chambers had a team high three RBIs and two hits in the Bantam win against the Wellesley College Blue, while first-year Taylor Mikolajczak recorded two hits and an RBI in the win against the MIT Engineers.
On day two of the season, the contests played out tighter for the Bantams, as they went 1-1 with a win against SUNY Cobleskill and a loss against Luther College. In the 8-5 loss against Luther College, junior Michaela Russell had a team high two hits, while five different Bantams recorded runs. In the second game of the day, the Bants edged SUNY Cobleskill 7-5, as sophomore Gianna Tito and senior Alex Chambers both recorded two hits and one RBI, while Chambers also added an impressive two runs.
The Bantams then faced off against Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Tuesday, Mar. 22. The Bantams started the day with a commanding win, beating up on Lawrence University 12-1. Mikolajczak delivered a sensational performance for the Bantams, with three runs and four RBIs, while Tito knocked in an impressive two runs and three RBIs. In the second contest of the day, Trinity fell in a tough close game to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 4-2, with the Trinity runs coming from junior Scarlett Gillette and Chambers.
After a one-day break from the continuous double-header action, the Bantams again took to the field on Thursday, Mar. 24 against Buffalo State. Trinity came out with another great team effort as they secured a 7-2 win versus the Buffalo State Bengals. Mikolajczak had another strong performance with a team high three runs, and Russell kept up her stellar play delivering two runs plus an RBI.
The final day in Clermont, Florida was a heartbreaking one for the Bantams, with two one-run losses against Grinell College and Gustavus Adolphus College. The Bantams fell 5-4 against Grinell College, with a notable performance being turned in from Russell, who recorded three RBIs. In the final contest of their Spring Break trip, the Bantams took the early lead 2-0 before falling to Gustavus Adolphus College with a score of 3-2.
After a tough last day in Florida, the Trinity College softball team now sits strongly at 10-6 on the season and at 3-0 in conference play, after sweeping three games against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Bates College on Apr. 2 and 3.