March 12, 2018 - The Kishwaukee College Softball team opened up with their first games of the season down in Tennessee versus Roane State CC. In game one, Kishwaukee traded runs early with a 4-3 Roane State Lady Raiders advantage going into the bottom of the 2nd inning. Shaylee Clow (two runs scored and one RBI) and Alexis Gordon each picked up two hits for the Lady Kougars in the game. Gordon had a home run and two RBI. Mya Lee, Taelor Schmitz and Hailey White added a hit apiece as well. Kish scored each of the first four innings in the game but eventually fell 13-5. In the circle, Larisa Smits (two strikeouts and two earned runs) started and Kayti Beauchamp (three strikeouts and three earned runs) finished the game.
Game two saw Roane State jump out 4-0 in their half of the first inning but Kishwaukee got two runs back in the top of the second inning to bring the score to 4-2. Kish couldn't pick up any additional runs the rest of the way for a 10-2 final. Gordon (double), Smits (run scored), Maddison Qualls, and White (one RBI) each tallied a hit for the Lady Kougars. Schmitz picked up a stolen base and Lee scored one of the runs. Beauchamp and Alexis Ramon both pitched two innings with Ramon marking a strikeout from the pitching circle.
Coach Nojiri on the first two games of the season- "it was a decent day to finally get outdoors and put some of the things we've been working towards on the field in real game situations. There was some really good things happening today - just the score did not reflect it. It is the first day out and we will keep building from here. The teams we will play this week in Tennessee are definitely some of the best in the NJCAA and will definitely help get us prepared for our tough Region and conference schedule when we return up north."
Kishwaukee will play Cleveland State Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 pm EST before heading to a date with Chattanooga State CC on Wednesday.