Softball Prepares for SLIAC Tourney
“We worked with what we had and we made it to the conference tournament. We are looking to go far in the tournament to keep the season alive and hopefully take home a conference title,” senior Laney Thacker said.
The Panthers faced adverse situations this season with only having three pitchers in the rotation and two of the three with arms that have been bothering them the entire season. Despite their circumstances, they still managed to be leaders in the conference as Caitie Opp finished second in the SLIAC in saves and fifth in earned run averaged with a 3.89 ERA. Brianna Anderson ended in third in the SLIAC in strikeouts with a total of 104 and fourth in wins with 12. These two ladies found a way to make it happen for the Panthers on the mound.
At the plate is where the Panthers really showed their passion for the game. Bryn McKie is fourth in the conference for batting average with a .468 average. She has been a consistent hitter for Greenville throughout the entire season. McKie also displayed exceptional base running as she led the conference in stolen bases with a total of 22.
Both Tiffany Samsoe and Thacker are tied for fourth in the conference for total home runs with six bombs a piece. There was always an electrifying feeling in the air when these two ladies walked up to the plate because you always knew they were going to make something happen.
The Panthers had a slow start to the season but managed to turn it around and clinch a spot in the conference tournament. GC is the number four seed, with Fontbonne at number one, Eureka at number two and Westminster at number three. Greenville has beaten all the teams except for Fontbonne in regular season play and looks to change that in the very first matchup of the tournament.
The SLIAC tournament is hosted by Principia College in Elsah, Ill. The Panthers will face the number one seed Fontbonne University on Thursday, May 5 at 5:00pm. The tournament is double elimination and is up for grabs for any of the teams. Go out and support your Lady Panthers as they pursue the conference title!