Softball dominates doubleheader to kick off fall season

The SIUE Softball team kicked off its fall season with a doubleheader against John A. Logan College on Sunday.

The Cougars won both games against John A. Logan, outscoring their opponents 16-1 between the two games. 

In the second game, the Cougars started the scoring in the first inning after a series of walks and fly balls before registering their first hit of the game.

After junior infielder Bailley Concatto walked and then stole second, she advanced to third on a passed ball. A sacrifice fly allowed her to score the sole run of the first inning. 

A second inning run for the Cougars was overturned, and runners were sent back a base after umpires ruled there was interference from the Cougars’ first base coach. After the run got called back, the Cougars scored three before the inning was over. One of those runs was scored by junior Shortstop Rachael Quaritsch, who crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly. 

At the beginning the season, of course, there are initial expectations for play.

“Practice on getting our game down, really getting all of the wins of the game and working as a team,” Quaritsch said. 

Quaritsch added that, before the next game, the team could work on making more quality at-bats and eliminating errors.

“Which I thought we did a pretty good job at [in this game], and keeping a tempo,” Quaritsch said.

Senior third baseman Abby Marlow hit a third inning home run in both games of the doubleheader for a total of three RBIs. Marlow said she went into today’s games wanting to be aggressive at the plate and hit some line drives.

 “If it goes out, I’m lucky,” Marlow said. “Before the next game, I’m going to make sure that I’m still short to the ball and through the ball.”

Head Coach Jessica Jones was very clear about her main goal for the season: To win a conference championship.

“I think this year is a good scenario because we have a very veteran team. We have a lot of experience on the field. We have leadership and a lot of really good team chemistry,” Jones said. 

Before the next game, Jones said the team will work on not stranding runners in scoring position and producing those runs. 

The Cougars play a doubleheader at Noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, against Parkland College at Cougar Field. 

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