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Archers Slide Past Cottey College

April 15, 2013

Erica Morgan  
Erica Morgan tries to make a play on this grounder in the Archers' doubleheader sweep of Cottey College April 13.

With its biggest bat out of the lineup, St. Louis Community College’s softball team knew it would need offense from multiple sources to beat Cottey College on Saturday.

Sophomore Tori Ellis (Fox) was unavailable for Saturday’s doubleheader due to class, and the Archers saw defensive miscues create an early deficit against the Comets. Behind a late-inning rally, as well as the work of freshman pitcher Katie Harper (Kirkwood) in the circle, the Archers battled back for a 7-6, nine-inning win in the opener. Behind freshman hurler Nicole Willie (Oakville) in the second game, the Archers won by the same 7-6 margin.

“It just goes to show that the girls don’t ever give up,” Archers head coach Glen Ellis said. “Saturday’s games didn’t go as planned. We made some errors we typically don’t make, we fell behind, but we ended up coming back and winning. That’s big for our confidence.”

The wins improved the Archers’ season record to 9-18, but the story recently is much more positive than that. STLCC has won five of its last six games, its most successful run of the season. An offense that struggled for the first half of the season has awakened, as the Archers have scored at least seven runs in each of their last five victories.

Ellis hopes the Archers’ recent momentum is a sign of things to come, particularly with the regional tournament just two weeks away.

“To me, we’ve just about hit our stride and we’re riding it into regionals,” Ellis said. “Right now, it’s about keeping positive attitudes, and having a good approach at the plate. Defensively, it’s about keeping the right mindset.”

The Archers are embarking on a busy week at home, beginning with a doubleheader against Jefferson College on Tuesday. First pitch is at 2 p.m. Jefferson swept a doubleheader from STLCC in the two teams’ only meeting earlier this season. They then host St. Charles for a doubleheader Wednesday begining at 3 p.m. The Archers will honor their sophomores before Thursday's doubleheader against East Central College. Game 1 gets under way at 2 p.m.