Golden Rams Drop Opening Series Against DCTC

An ARCC batter stands in waiting for a pitch in a recent game.

Nick Balmanno

An ARCC batter stands in waiting for a pitch in a recent game.

Nick Balmanno, Contributing Writer

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Softball Team opened their 2022 season against the Dakota County Technical College Blue Knights on Monday, March 7th with a doubleheader in Rosemount, MN. They dropped the first game 8-0 in five innings, but fought harder in the second game, scoring three runs but ultimately losing 3-6.

The Golden Rams started out slow in game 1, as they went down three in a row, struggling to find rhythm on offense. Pitcher Molly Gross pitched well and was able to strike out two batters in the first, but DCTC was able to add five runs in the fourth inning despite Gross throwing strong. She struck out eight while allowing DCTC 10 hits. On the offensive side, Emma Bright was 2-3 at the plate with a stolen base. Sunny Strait recorded the first double of the year for the Golden Rams.

The Golden Rams struggled to find their offense again in game two, but were able to score three runs in the final two innings. DCTC had already added four by this point, and ended with six runs. Starting pitcher Sunny Strait allowed a 2R HR in the first inning, but quickly found her form, striking out three while allowing four hits and not giving up a walk. Lyla Galli came in as relief in the final inning. Again, Emma Bright stood out offensively as she was 2-4 at the plate with another stolen base and a run. Marissa Kerry was 2-4, recording a double and two RBIs. The additional runs were scored by Kelsey Henninger and pinch-runner Hailey Milliman. McKenna Packard also had two stolen bases for the Golden Rams.

Speaking about the two losses, Golden Rams coach Dave Alto said, “We played well and had good energy, but that was not enough. We had too many strikeouts on the day and not enough hits put together. This season is a marathon and not a sprint, and it’s all about getting better every time we play”.

The Golden Rams are 0-2 on the season now, but will have an opportunity to rebound as they head to Florida on Thursday to play eleven games over six days.