Story by Sports Editor, Lorenzo Serrato
On Saturday, March 16, the Aquinas Softball program accomplished an unbelievable task: Totaling a program record of 15 wins. The 13th and 14th victories came against Dickinson State and Valley City State in Tuscon, Arizona. The 15th victory came against Cornerstone University, in a split double header.
In the win against Dickinson State, the Saints totaled 11 runs, beating Dickinson 11-1. The offense stayed hot, with 14 hits supported by an excellent outing by Leah Ash. Ash improved to 7-1 on the campaign, allowing only one run, on one hit, walking three.
The second game of the day saw a remarkable outing from Kayla Fessenden, throwing her second complete game and improving to 6-1 on the season, leading the Saints to a smooth victory over Valley City State.
In the win against Cornerstone, Aquinas showed off its power, with three home runs leaving the yard. Courtney Hardin sent two big flies over the wall, as well as another solo shot off the bat of Jordan Humitz. So far this season, solid pitching and a consistent offensive approach has led the Saints to a winning record.
“The 15-game win streak did not only boost our confidence, but it gave us a purpose and something to continuously strive for,” said Jordan Humitz, an AQ Softball athlete. “We have been working so hard throughout the off-season, and all the skills we have tried to perfect are coming out to play.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has also been a major roadblock for the team, with postseason play being delayed in the past.
“With COVID taking away our postseason play last year, we want to show everyone who Aquinas Softball is,” Humitz said. “I knew this team was something special from the very beginning, and our consistent effort and work ethic is something amazing to witness.”
See the Saints back in action at home vs. Calumet St. Joseph on Wednesday, March 30, in a double-header matchup!
More details can be found at aqsaints.com!