Softball struggles in CBE Meltdown

Casey Splane, The Circuit

Benedictine Softball dropped three of its four games this past weekend at the CBC Meltdown hosted by Central Baptist College in Arkansas.

The Lady Ravens opened the first day of double headers with a 1-1 split, losing their opening game to Hannibal-LaGrange 4-2 and then earning a 5-0 win over Bethel University.

Benedictine dropped both of its game on Saturday Feb. 20, losing 3-0 to Bacone College and 4-2 against Williams Baptist University.

“We gave some games away we shouldn’t have,” said head coach Dana Goss.

With the 1-3 weekend the Ravens move to 3-7 to start the year, a slow start that Goss partially attributes to injury.

“Being four starters down, it’s understandable,” Goss said. “We have kids playing in totally different positions.”

Senior Katie Ricklefs pitches against Ottawa University. Photo by Randy Speer.
Senior Katie Ricklefs pitches against Ottawa University. Photo by Randy Speer.

Freshman shortstop Brooke Lee and senior second baseman Sierra Esau have both been out due to injury leaving the middle of the diamond beaten up.

“To lose your shortstop in the very first inning of the first game is rough,” Goss said.

Lee was injured diving for a ground ball in Oklahoma City, but is working back from th set back and is expected to be back within the next week or two.

With the absence of the freshman shortstop, Goss and the Lady Ravens have turned to an unlikely, yet capable player.

“I pulled her out of right field and said here you go,” Goss said.

Sophomore Anna Mach has traded in her usual right field position for the shortstop role in the middle of the diamond.

Mach has progressed tremendously filling in at shortstop for the time being.

“You don’t just plug anyone in there and expect to get routine plays,” Goss said.

In the midst of the injury bug, the circle is continued to be dominated by senior Katie Ricklefs.

“I thought I threw pretty well, but I have to give my team behind me,” Ricklefs said.

Ricklefs has compliled a 3-3 record with an ERA of 0.85 in eight appearances, including five starts and four complete games.

“She’s given us such great pitching performances,” Goss said. “It’s been fun to watch her.”