Slumping Lady Pioneers look to get back on track

By Ethan Moore, page editor.

At the time of publication, the Lady Pioneers’ softball team is currently 11-11 after getting off to a hot start during spring training. However, since they returned from Florida, the team has failed to put together consistent performances and have since gone 3-7 and in conference play. Delta is currently mired in a five-game losing streak and is trying to work their way back to early season form.

The Lady Pioneers will continue to lean on their sophomore leadership, including Shelby Bailey, who is currently sporting a .358 average to go with her team lead in runs and K/BB ratio. Bailey is the standout upperclassmen on the team, but the young core of Delta is what has led them to their current record to start the season. Makenna Smith has only seen limited action this season, however, she has beat the cover off the ball in her appearances. She has a stellar .568 average to go with her team leading five home runs and six stolen bases. Offensive production for the Lady Pioneers has been consistent to this point. A team average of .335 has helped lead the offense to consistently being in games late, and allowed the pitching staff to focus more on executing.

On the mound, freshman Kalen Tchorzynski has started off hot. She has gone 3-3 with a sterling 1.87 ERA to go with her record. She has found great success in pitching to contact this season, and has led the way with six complete games this season. The rest of the Lady Pioneers staff has struggled to find their rhythm, posting an ERA of 4.94 through the first half of the season. The team will need to see more production out of their starters if they want to get themselves out of this five-game slide.

As the season continues to move toward its conclusion, the Lady Pioneers will continue to push for a postseason berth. The top five seeds in their MCCAA division will move on to the playoffs, and Delta currently sits sixth in the standings. There certainly is not a reason to panic, yet with about a month to go left in the season, however the recent stretch of rough games must be remedied if the Lady Pioneers are going to make a push here at the end of the season.

Delta’s next home game is a doubleheader against Schoolcraft College on April 11, here at Delta College. Schoolcraft is currently just ahead of Delta in the MCCAA standings, so the games should be highly contested and fun to watch.

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