Softball Ends Non-Traditional Season 2-1
St. Louis- The Fontbonne University women's softball non-traditional season came to an end with the Griffins going 2-1 in their 8th Annual Reverse Exposure RR. The team saw wins against St. Charles CC and Mineral Area, but fell to Lindenwood-Belleville. Every player got involved in the games but the team was most excited about their pitching.
The biggest surprise came when super senior Kourtney Von Behren took the mound for the first time in a year and a half after fighting back from an assortment of health issues. Tears were flowing as she pitched an inning and two thirds of scoreless softball. It truly was an emotional and inspiring ending to their fall season.
The two freshman pitchers, Michelle Boyer and Shelby Faulkner, held their own in their first contests in a Fontbonne uniform. Faulkner gave up zero runs and Boyer only gave up one. Sophomore Madi Leonard came out throwing really well, dominating her start and sophomore Lindsay Schaefer continued to fill the role of a closer and showed she could be a starting contestant. Good pitching goes hand in hand with catching and sophomore Emily Smith showed why we need her efforts behind the plate.
The Griffins' off season included focuses on strength and conditioning, as well as multiple fundraising events. Good hitting and defense weren't expected to have high potentials due to poor timing and low workouts in these areas. Mistakes were made, but the Griffins are confident that spring training will ease any doubts in the fans.
Fun was had by all and WE know that Fontbonne will continue to be a driving force both within conference and regional play. The Griffins return all starters on defense experience should shine. Led by seniors Marissa Simon, Cara Hargate and Sarah Cerutti, the Griffins will be a force in 2014.