A full team effort

Dawgs look to continue strong play in the Sunshine State

The Ferris women’s softball team is looking to carry their momentum from their crossover games down to the Sunshine State.

After their 1-4 start, the Bulldogs have rattled off three wins in a row, including a walk-off homerun by sophomore pitcher/utility player Kaitlyn Orme to help clinch the win against Southern Indiana. The next day they came out strong and dominated Lake Erie 15-5 and finished off the double header beating Truman 10-5.

The Bulldogs have seen a healthy dose of contributions from everyone so far in the lineup. Not just one or two standout players but a full team effort.

“If you look 1-9 in our hitting lineup, we have been pretty solid across the board. There hasn’t been one person that has been really struggling or really one person that has been really good. Everyone has been good” said, Head Coach Kristin Janes.

“That has been really cool that there hasn’t been one glaring hole. that there hasn’t been a problem they all have been filling in and stepping up when we need them too,” Janes said.

Their leadoff hitter junior short stop Kodi Ramirez does a great job of consistently getting on base. Hitting second is usually sophomore outfielder Kylie Winkels who does a stellar job of moving Ramirez around the bases and giving her opportunities to steal bases as well.

Batting third is junior outfielder Paige Kortz, who gives them an advantage being able to go from left-handed batter, to a righty, and back to a lefty to begin games. This order really gives opposing pitchers trouble seeing different hitters every at bat. You will usually see junior transfer catcher Ali Magiera in that 4-5 hole who has already had some big games. After that you can see Kaitlyn Orme who has been solid so far.

Another standout has been Jessica Tucci who has been killing the ball as of late. During their last trip for the crossover she hit three triples and for a girl who stands at just five feet tall she really has some power at the plate.

The Dawgs are trying to keep this stellar play and momentum going as they make their annual trip to Florida. “We feel very confident going into Florida.

I’d say that we now have higher expectations for ourselves since we now know what we are fully capable of” said, junior Kodi Ramirez.

“I’d say that most of us are definitely excited for the weather and getting ready to play in warm weather. We are also excited and ready to challenge other teams.”

Softball will be back in action on March 7 down in Florida to kick off the first game of 12 in seven days.