As we opened up our softball season on the BEK Broadcasting Network, we had ourselves to completely opposite games. It saw one team going from feeling great to just ok, and another go from bitter disappointment to contentment. All of this happened over the course of the doubleheader between the hometown Valley City State Vikings and the Mayville State Comets. Game one was A Tale of Two Players, as Tiffany Soria and Haley Kravetz absolutely dominated for Mayville, as the Comets dominated offensively and in the circle.
Soria drove in all the runs in this game, with a three run shot and a solo blast to set up the 4-0 Mayville victory. That 0 was forced by Kravetz, who put on a clinic in varying pitch selection and came into this one with a wipeout change up. The VCSU offense, normally incredibly potent, was limited to just four hits. Mayville had a smattering of contact throughout the game, but it was all Soria to close it out. VCSU suffered their first loss in the North Star, while Mayville got their overall record back to .500 on the year at 12-12.
Game two was the complete opposite. The Vikings’ offense that we expected coming in to the day showed up. Freshmen Simone Meerkerk opened up the scoring, and the senior Katie Cameron -who was very much limited in the first matchup- managed to stir up the VCSU attack and generate movement on the basepaths. That speed and aggression would pay big-time dividends for the Vikes, as the Comets defense rushed some throws to try and keep up and wound up giving VCSU even more room to run.
A missed throw on a Schroeder bunt brought home two, and Katarina Boychuk got the feeling of an inside-the-park homerun as a liner right up the middle got all the way to the fence on an E8, and Boychuk never looked back. Neither did VCSU, as they rolled in this game to a 9-3 victory. VCSU more than doubled their hitting output, notching 11 in this one after just 4 in the first of the doubleheader. Kathleen Gallais started out strong for the Vikes in the circle, striking out the side in the 1st inning. Her bullpen would pick her up in this one, as Metcalf and Butterfield would close things down and lockup the doubleheader split.