By Vic McDowell, The Circuit
The Benedictine softball team finished the regular season with six games in four days, coming out with a even record of 3-3.
Prior to the team’s final home stand, Benedictine (24-15, 11-5 Heart) looked poised for a strong finish with six games remaining on the schedule.
They suffered back-to-back losses on senior day to Evangel on April 23.
The following day, the Lady Ravens responded by sweeping Peru State on the road, 5-2 and 10-9.
They split with Graceland on Sunday in their third doubleheader in four days. Benedictine dropped the opening game 6-1, then shutout the Yellow Jackets 10-0 in Game 2.
The Lady Ravens started the mad dash to the end of the regular season in second place in the Heart of America. They finished in a tie for fourth.
“I just think honestly it’s uncharted territory, they haven’t ever been there before,” said coach Dana Goss.
The pressure of remaining second in the conference standings contributed to creating some tightness among the group.
“I think we were all playing really stressed, and any time we get tight like that, we don’t play well,” said senior third baseman Megan Eldredge. “Once [we] get that tightness away from us we mesh a lot better.”
Moving forward the team’s main focus is to improve and get back the confidence they played with early in the season.
Both Goss and Eldredge feel that the team has the ability to make some noise during the Heart tournament.
“We definitely plan on going there and giving everyone our best shot,” Goss said. “If we are able to play our best, we’re good enough to go all the way.”
Eldredge added she’s not worried about taking third place again or winning the entire tournament. She wants to finish her career strong and regain their cohesive play.
“I want to go out with a bang,” Eldredge said. “My biggest thing is that I that I want to go out and compete, playing softball how we know how.”
The Heart tournament will begin play in Overland Park, Kansas April 30-May 2.