posted on April 01, 2009 11:09
The Yellow Jackets started their season traveling to Cocoa Beach, Florida where they played ten games during spring break to open their non-conference action. The Yellow Jackets came out of the trip 6-4 playing against NCAA Division II & III teams. “This trip gave us a great start to our season playing against a strong level of competition. Sophomore Heidi Kwilinski batted over .500 during all ten games including two home runs and junior Danielle Briere also had a great week defensively behind the plate for us,” said Head Coach Amy Gurney. Freshman Katie Wagner averaged 10 strikeouts per game which contributed to her two wins and a save for the week.
The Yellow Jackets then traveled to Western Nebraska Community College where they split a double header. Western Nebraska Community College is a very good team competing at the National level a year ago. The Yellow Jackets used these games to play a lot of players and see some younger recruits playing for Western Nebraska.
BHSU then took on Mount Marty College and Dakota State University later that week. Dakota State University would be the Yellow Jackets first action in conference. “Coming out of the Western Nebraska game we focused on situational hitting and our pitching performances. Throughout this weekend both of these areas helped us go 3-1 over the weekend,” added Coach Gurney. Sophomore Krista Gleiforst and senior Sarah Turner had a big weekend at the plate batting over .500 in the four games. Gleiforst and senior Kelli Graham each had a home run against Mount Marty that Friday. On Saturday, junior Karissa Norte pitched eight innings giving up only two runs to contribute to the Yellow Jackets 3-2 victory over the Trojans. In the eighth inning, Kwilinski had a huge hit to bring home the tying run and Gleiforst connected on a game winning single to score Kwilinski from second base.
The Yellow Jackets have had 14 games since then postponed or cancelled due to the spring snowfall around the Dakota Athletic Conference. Coaches and Athletic Directors around the conference are currently discussing plans for the rest of the season.