Home games ignite Blues’ win streak

Streaking Blues Kelly Swygert pitched a complete game Saturday with two runs on seven hits in Washburn’s 3-2 win against Minnesota State. The win advanced the Lady Blues’ win streak to 11 games.

Eric Smith

Two weeks ago the Washburn Lady Blues softball team was sitting at 5-15, yet they remained confident in their talent the entire time and never doubted themselves.

It has definitely paid off as the Blues are now on an 11-game winning streak.

It began with a six-game home stand beginning March 11 that the Lady Blues swept, including doubleheader victories versus Bethany, William Jewell and Fort Hays State.

In the games versus Bethany, the Washburn women won handily 11-3 and 9-0. Later in the week William Jewell was trounced as well, 10-3 and 7-1. The final home games of the week were against FHSU and the Lady Blues took care of business 5-0 and 5-4 in the first two conference games of the year.

“Those wins helped us stay confident in ourselves,” said sophomore pitcher Megan Kimerer. “It showed us that we were able to play to the level that we knew we could.”

The streak continued this past weekend when the Washburn women won five games in two days as part of the Missouri Western Invitational in St. Joseph, Mo. Friday the Lady Blues won three games, including a 1-0 victory against Wayne State, a 7-4 triumph against Concordia-St. Paul and a 5-3 win against Upper Iowa.

Saturday brought two more victories for the Washburn ladies as they outscored the University of St. Mary 9-7 and Minnesota State Mankato 3-2.

“Now we’ve finally started to come together as a team,” said Kimerer. “We’re starting to communicate a lot better. We’re just having fun and playing how we know best.”

With the wins, the softball team improved to 16-15 overall and 10-10 when playing in neutral sites.

The Lady Blues softball team has their next game scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in a doubleheader with Missouri Southern in Joplin. The Washburn women will wrap up the week with a tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Omaha as part of the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament.