Softball opens first season on fire

Saints’ excellent pitching has led to fast start in first year

By Kristina Haumschild |

Photo courtesy John Jordan

Opening weekend has come and gone, and the Flagler Saints fast pitch softball team has answered all doubters. With a 6-3 start to their inaugural season, it shows they aren’t to be taken lightly.

The season kicked off with a weekend sweep of Florida Tech. In the first game of the double header, the Saints put up 10 runs against the Panthers to secure an eight-run margin. Junior Sam Boatner became the first softball pitcher at Flagler to secure a win from the circle.

Boatner finished with three hits, seven earned runs and fanned three. She was also a force at the plate going 2-4 with four runs batted in. Freshman outfielder Lauren Ely also went into the record books, becoming the first to record a hit with her lead-off single.

Flagler concluded the double header with a 4-0 victory in the night game. Freshman Kristen Chapman tossed a six-hit shutout and retired the remaining 16 of 18 batters, after shaking off the jitters from the first two innings.
First baseman Kaycee Lisa hit a two-run homer at the top of the seventh inning to secure the win and record the first homer of the season.

The following weekend, Feb. 6-7, the women traveled to Georgia Southwestern University to participate in the GSW Invitational. They finished in a three-way tie for the best record of the weekend (4-1). Anderson University and Armstrong Atlantic University were the other two.

Flagler met its match when the team traveled to Rollins on Wednesday, Feb. 11, losing 1-0 and 6-0 in the nightcap at Lake Island Park.

Boatner went the distance in the first game and allowed three hits, walked four and struck out three. In the nightcap, Junior Jana Owen tossed two-thirds of an inning and allowed three hits, three earned runs and walked two.
Freshman Kristen Chapman finished up and allowed three hits and one run.

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