The softball team swept the Bellarmine Knights on Sunday, April 28, 8-5, 4-2. There was a lot of pressure on the Flyers as one loss would end their season and two wins would make them contenders for the GLVC Tournament for the first time since 2015.
The first game started slow for the Flyers as the Knights scored twice in the first inning. Lewis gave up a home run and a sacrifice fly which allowed Bellarmine to take an early lead. A run in the first closed the gap so the Flyers only trailed 2-1.
Bellarmine added to their lead in the third inning scoring on a single. The Flyers would fight back, however, scoring four times in the fourth. Dara Sanders and Morgan Weber homered; Weber hit a three-run shot which hit the scoreboard and Sanders hit a solo shot out to left field. This surge gave the Flyers the momentum as well as a 5-3 lead.
Lewis would hold on to that lead and close out the game down the stretch in an 8-5 victory. This gave the Flyers confidence going into the second game.
The second game of the day would start the same as the first. The Knights grabbed an early lead in the second inning. Every Lewis batter would be retired until the fourth inning. That is when the energy shifted in their favor.
Weber led off with a single. Then, with two outs in the inning, Elexi Swartzentruber hit a two-run bomb which put the Flyers on the high side.
However, Bellarmine was able to answer with a run of their own in the fifth.
Once again the Flyers would respond to the call, opening the game up in the fifth. The Flyers picked up two more runs and then Cassie Shaw shut down the final six batters to seal the 4-2 victory.
Following the big wins Senior Lauren Brennan said “It’s huge to have this momentum. Because we’ve been having these huge wins and upsets, it allows us as a team to see our full potential which only makes us want to go to new heights.”
With William Jewell’s loss to Illinois Springfield, these wins secured the Flyer’s spot in the GLVC Tournament and kept their season alive. Lewis is the eighth seed in the tournament and will take on the top seeded Missouri St. Louis Tritons in the first round.