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Offense Carrying the Day for STLCC Softball
March 25, 2014
|Catcher Mallory Pappert, bracing to tag out this baserunner, is among the Archers' top hitters with a .333 average.|
Following a difficult stretch that included four losses in their first five games, St. Louis Community College’s softball team has gone on the offensive – both in the literal and figurative terms.
The Archers have won three of their past four games, and have a robust showing at the plate to credit for their recent success. In a recent three-game winning streak, the Archers scored 16, 15 and nine runs, respectively. In their six wins, the Archers have averaged more than 11 runs per game. Conversely, STLCC is winless when it has been held to seven runs or fewer. STLCC is hitting .281 as a team entering play this weekend.
The Archers’ recent string of success has included the team’s first foray into Region XVI play. STLCC swept Cottey College in their first games against regional opponents last week, outscoring the Comets a combined 31-5.
Leading the charge at the plate is sophomore outfielder Maggie Wright, who is batting .444 with a home run and seven RBI. Three of her eight hits have gone for extra bases. Freshman infielder Sarah Strothkamp is batting .474 in 19 at-bats.
After taking over as head coach following the 2012 season, Sharon Marquardt spoke highly of her most recent recruiting class, and the Archers haven’t had to wait long for that group to perform at a high level. Much of the offense has been supplied by the team’s most recent recruiting crop, as three of the team’s five players who currently are batting .300 or better are freshmen: Strothkamp, pitcher/infielder Rebecca Vogt (.357) and catcher Mallory Pappert (.333).
Due to inclement weather, today’s doubleheader at Mineral Area Community College has been postponed. The Archers will return home Thursday (March 27), when they take on Three Rivers Community College, as part of a 10-game home stand that runs through April 5. The team enters this week 2-4 at home this season.