The Humber Hawks women’s softball team split their six game home stretch at Connorvale Park this past week.
The weekend began with a two-game sweep of the Mohawk Mountaineers on Thursday, both shutout wins for the Hawks. They then faced division leader St. Clair Saints on Saturday where the Hawks were swept in the two-game series.
On Sunday they faced the second place team in the division, the Durham Lords where they split the series 1-1. Prior to the double header, the Hawks softball team has lost 0-2 against the Durham Lords, both games were close and lost by only one run.
After losing the first game on Sunday 11-3, the Hawks had to make some changes. Outfielder Sarah Franchetto said that to win the next game, it was simple.
“Our offence needs to improve. We need to put our bats on the ball, but we also need a tighter defence,” said the .238 hitter.
Not only were the players aware of what changes needed to be made to win, but the fans also had some tips.
Franchetto’s mother Julie said the Hawks should start hitting from the first pitch. “Our girls are great ball players,” she said. “They need to be on the ball a lot faster. They can hit, they’ve shown they can. Their hitting just needs to come a lot sooner.”
Julie Franchetto hasn’t missed a game this season, whether she’s in attendance at the games or streaming them online.
“Haven’t missed a game yet,” Julie said. “For the local games, I can make, but the further away games, I stream online”
The starting pitcher for the second game was Bree Donaldson. The first inning completed with a score of 2-1 for Durham, and it wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth that Humber tied the game at two runs each.
After fanning Durham batters — three up, three down — in the top of the seventh, the Hawks went into the bottom of the inning determined.
Infielder Bonnie Gillingham hit a monster triple and outfielder Hannah Koziolek stepped in to pinch run for Gillingham.
Outfielder Kate Kostuch walked up to the plate with one out and hit a single to get Koziolek home and won the game with the walk off.
Head Coach Duaine Bowles was content with the team’s performance and spoke on what the team did to come out victorious in the second game.
“We just didn’t give up. The girls really fought hard and just continued swinging and something finally dropped in for us,” Bowles said. He said Going forward they just really need to play mistake free softball and stay true to their offensive approach.
“We need to stay disciplined and trust the process. It’s all about peaking at the right time and playing your best on games 25 and 26 to get yourself on the right foot at the conference tournament. Lose those and your season is over and we don’t want to suffer that fate again,” he said.
The Humber Hawks softball team has an upcoming double header this Friday at Conestoga, who they have yet to face this season.