Photo provided by Steve Woltmann: Junior Ali Brems, pitcher and outfielder, is hitting .291 in 2014 with a team-high 23 RBIs, and is getting on base at a .366 clip.
Laura Fox, Contributor
The Lewis University softball team finally had the turnaround it had been hoping for.
The Flyers started slowly with a lack of experience, but with the GLVC tournament rapidly approaching, the race to qualify was on and the team had responded.
Following a stretch where they lost eight of nine games, their record was sprinkled with wins; 10 wins to be exact, winning 10 of the last 11. For a team that was on the fast-track to being the first in Lewis’ history to not make a GLVC tournament, they’ve made quite the comeback.
The team’s turnaround began with games on April 11 against William Jewell, with the first game being a 2-5 loss. They bounced back in the second with a 1-0 win. Then on April 12, the Flyers played Rockhurst and won both games, 1-0 and 10-6.
The team paid UW- Parkside a visit April 16 and came out with two wins, 7-3 and 5-1.
“After tying up the (first) game (in the sixth), I told my team, now we’ll see our mettle,” head coach George DiMatteo said. “That message was heard loud and clear, and I really thought that we made a huge statement.”
The Flyers moved onto Missouri on April 18- 19. The first doubleheader was against Missouri S&T, where Lewis had a close loss in the first game, 3-4, and pulled through with the win in the second game, 5-0.
The next set of games were against Drury, where the Flyers dominated with 3-1 and 7-0 victories. In these games, Kelly Bowler earned the complete game, with a shutout win in the second, tying a season-high with nine strikeouts.
This past week, on April 22, UW-Parkside visited Lewis’ home field, only to be crushed by the Flyers as they gained two more wins over them, 4-2 and 7-5.
“It was a long day, but these wins are huge for us,” DiMatteo said on the games against Parkside. “It puts us right back in the race.”
And that race being mentioned is none other than the GLVC tournament. If the Flyers can pull through with three wins from their last four games, there will be a spot with their name on it in the tournament.
“The ball is now in our court and we control our own destiny for the GLVC tournament,” DiMatteo said.
With only four games left of the regular season, the hope is that the Flyers can come up with the wins that are needed so they won’t be playing their last four games together this year.
Those four games were played over the weekend (April 26-27) against McKendree and UIS at home. To see the results, check lewisflyers.com.
All quotes courtesy of Lewis’ athletic information depart- ment.