Story by Bella Buck, Reporter
When playing spring sports in Michigan, athletes must be ready to play in forty degree weather, or face imminent schedule changes. For Aquinas Softball, that means rescheduling their second round of home games.
“Tons of games have been moved around and postponed,” said junior Lauren Parker. “Right now we’re just trying to get all of our conference games in, which means a lot of playing back-to-back days.”
The women were originally supposed to play Madonna and Concordia University in a weekend matchup on April 14 and 15. However, the April weather had different plans. AQ Softball will now play Madonna on April 28 at 1:00, and Concordia April 19 at 3:30, both at Gainey Complex.
Aquinas Softball has had just two home games out of their 36 so far this season. These came in a conference matchup against Lawrence Tech. The Saints split the games with a 12-4 win and a 1-6 loss. That brought their conference record to 3-1 as they traveled to Ohio to take on Lourdes University on April 12. Splitting once again, the Saints won their first game 6-3 and lost the second 1-3.
“We’re just doing our best to adjust to the conditions and making the best of the practice time that we have,” said Parker. “We’re doing what we can to prepare to play in any type of conditions and make the best of our situation right now without losing focus on the end goal of winning conference.”
With eight double-headers left to play in the season (five of those being home matchups), AQ Softball hopes to continue their winning conference record. Overall, the team has a 25-11 season record. This is a stunning difference from where the team was at in the 2015-2016 season. Just two years ago, their record was 10-34. In reality, the Saints took just one year to turn that record around — by the 2016-2017 season, the women went 35-13-1. For a program that has managed to reverse their overall record in such a short time, the end-of-season goals for this team are well within reach.