Crago shines during Golden Eagle softball spring trip to South Carolina

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Clarion softball team took its talents to Myrtle Beach, SC to open up its season.
Clarion finished with a record of 1-6 in those games.
“The team performed well in South Carolina ,and it was great to see how cohesive they were, especially for not having been on a field since November,” said Head Coach Shintrika Hudson.
The lone win for the team came against Pikeville (Ky.) where they won in a 5-4 decision.
Sophomore centerfielder Kayla Henderson described the team’s overall performance as strong. “We were in every game, our hits just weren’t falling in the places that we needed them to fall,” she added.
Junior pitcher Shawna Crago also had a strong performance striking out 10 and only allowing two earned runs in that game versus Pikeville.
Crago was named PSAC West Pitcher of the Week and her 10 strikeouts were the most recorded in a single game by a Golden Eagle since Dana Harting stuck out 11 batters in a game in 2005.
“Throughout the winter indoor practices, the players stayed focused and worked not only on their mechanics, but their game sense and reactions.  This translated to our pitchers having excellent outings on the mound and our offense moving runners and scoring runs,” said Hudson.Crago
Clarion losses also came to Philadelphia University, St. Joseph’s-Long Island, and NAIA Waldorf College.
“What could have been different comes from what improvement will come with stringing together hits while runners are on base.  In addition to that, the team will need to be focused and keep up the talk and communication throughout the entire double headers we have ahead of us,” said Hudson.
She added that although the box scores did not show how well they played that each player had a moment that made them all excited to what the season had in store.
“Our outfielders, especially the seniors Elizabeth Shiring and Kirsten Wilcox made some stopping throws, keeping teams from scoring at the plate and advancing their runners.  Chrissy Tressler, Megan Anderson, Casey Wilcox, Jordan Syfert and Taylor Powell had strong at bats,” Hudson added.
“The team did an amazing job picking each other up,” said Henderson.  She added that they stayed positive, and they kept an aggressive attitude and never gave up.
As Clarion moves on in its season, its games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been postponed.
Dates for the games are to be announced.
“These girls are capable of doing and going far this season, and it will be interesting to see how much they come along and come on as we progress through the season,” said Hudson.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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