Tigers start season right with win over Royals

Carson Schubert | Writer

Ashley Van Egdom of Trinity Christian takes a strong swing at theball during softball action with South O’Brien Wednesday, May 23. The Tigers came up short to the Wolverines 8-4. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

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REMSEN-The Trinity Christian softball team got the shutout victory in its season opener Tuesday, May 22. The Tigers defeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union 4-0 in Remsen.

“It was a great way to start off the season,” said Trinity Christian coach Kassandra Heynen. “In the top of the first inning we scored three of our runs and that was just a great way to get going.”

In that first inning, Koralee Heynen started the scoring by hitting a double that scored Alyssa Uittenbogaard. Shayna De Roon then followed that with a two-run home run that scored herself and Heynen.

Despite the quick start, the Trinity Christian bats cooled off.

“It was exciting to see the quick start in the first inning. After that we just weren’t finding the gaps and not making as solid of contact. But we made the defense do some work,” coach Heynen said.

The Tigers only had one hit the remainder of the game. It was an RBI single by Jayden Hoksbergen in the fifth inning that scored Caitlin Van Engen.

“It’s nice to have a good core group of four seniors this year,” Heynen said. “Credit to our defense, we didn’t have any errors. Everyone made the plays and the throws behind Koralee. We made some great catches and made great stops to keep the ball in the infield and some nice hustle plays. We never had an errorless game last year so it was a great confidence-builder and hopefully we can continue forward from this.”

Koralee Heynen pitched all seven innings, allowed only one hit, no runs, four walks and eight strikeouts.

“Koralee pitched phenomenally for us,” coach Heynen said. “The walks she allowed were never in the same inning so we were happy with that. She threw a lot of pitches in the fifth inning, but then she really bounced back strong to finish the sixth and the seventh so that was good to see.”

Offensively, Koralee Heynen finished the game 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Uittenbogaard had one run scored and a stolen base. De Roon had the two-run home run, two RBIs and one run scored. Hoksbergen had a 1-for-3 game with an RBI. Van Engen drew two walks and scored once.


Trinity comes up short to South O’Brien

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

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HULL-Trinity Christian had its second home run of the softball season in as many games, but the Tigers could not fully overcome miscues on defense and fell to South O’Brien 8-4 Wednesday, May 23.

After the Wolverines scored one run in the top of the first, Trinity Christian took the lead off a two-run shot to left field by Koralee Heynen.

“That was really exciting. She got a really nice pitch and there was no question that was a solid line drive that got over the left-field fence,” said Tigers’ coach Kassandra Heynen. “It was really nice to not only get back in, but also get a lead in the bottom of the first after we had given up one run in the top of the first.”

South O’Brien tied the game with a single run in the top of the fourth, but coach Heynen noted Trinity Christian’s defense was not quite up to par and the Tigers soon paid for it as the Wolverines tallied five runs in the top of the fifth. Trinity Christian came back with two in the bottom half with South O’Brien scoring one in the top of the seventh to account for the final score.

“Top of the fifth inning was a struggle for us. However leading up to that in the second, third and fourth we weren’t playing very good defense. I think we had an error in each inning leading up to that. So it just felt like we weren’t quite on top of our game,” Heynen said.

Koralee Heynen was in the pitcher’s circle and threw seven innings with nine hits, eight runs of which six where earned, four walks and six strikeouts.

“Koralee pitched the whole game last night and did a great job. But then I felt like she got a little bit tired up there, so she really had to battle through the fifth inning,” coach Heynen said. “South O’Brien was also starting to hit the ball and put the ball in play very well in that (fifth) inning.”

Alyssa Uittenbogaard was the top hitter, going a perfect 4-for-4, she also scored twice.  All four hits were singles. Koralee Heynen had her home run and three RBIs. Abby Kuiper had the other hit which was a single.

“I was happy with the fact that after they scored five runs we came back and scored two. I thought we put up a good fight,” coach Heynen said.

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