Blue Knights 14–17 as of April 22, 2010 | DH today against ILCC at Erickson Park
The DCTC Blue Knights fastpitch softball team faces a stern challenge today, Thursday, April 22, 2010, in a doubleheader against the Iowa Lakes Community College Lakers, who are 49–7 and ranked #11 in the nation in the latest NJCAA Women’s Softball Div. II poll.
The Knights are 14–17 going into today’s games against the Lakers. The April 14 game against St. Kate’s JV squad was postponed due to weather. DCTC traveled to Winona, Minn., April 15 to face the Cardinals JV squad from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, coming away two victories, 8–6 and 2–1.
“These were two nice wins for our program,” said Head Coach Aaron Vail. “We went up against a top-tier MIAC team’s JV program and won both games in different styles. Game one we jumped ahead in the first inning and held the lead throughout the entire ballgame. In game two, we strung together three hits to score two runs in the top of the seventh and went one–two–three in the bottom half of the game.”
On Saturday, April 17, DCTC squared off against the Kirkwood Community College Eagles at Erickson Park in Rosemount, Minn. With a current record of 45–3, the Eagles are ranked #2 in the nation in the latest NJCAA Women’s Softball Div. II poll.
“This doubleheader against Kirkwood was scheduled as a measuring stick for our young program,” Vail said. “We battled hard in game one for the first three innings, but their bats came alive to run-rule us 8–0 in five innings.”
The Knights made a charge in the second game, but ended up on the losing end 4–20. “Our effort from the start of game two was lacking and they jumped on us early,” Vail said. “We had a great, towering opposite field three-run homerun from catcher Ashlee Hunt in the third inning, but we were beaten today by a better team. I look forward to being able to get our program to the stature that Coach Yegge has at Kirkwood.”