The Hawks were in red and the Knights in black.
Whoever won the game moved on to the competitive softball championship game.
The Hawks won 18-7.
The Knights took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the top of the sixth inning the Hawks rallied by scoring 14 runs. They came from behind and took the lead.
Errors, including overthrown balls, contributed to the runs scored.
Meghan Kevesdy, the Hawks’ pitcher and a junior studying nursing, said she has been playing softball since the third grade and has been pitching since middle school.
She said her father was the one who helped her get into pitching and prepared her to be confident for games like this.
“We were very confident,” Kevesdy said. “After the Knights made errors we knew they were flustered and it got to their head.”
Kevesdy said she thought her team did a lot of great things.
“We had a solid offense, batting-wise,” she said. “We did pretty well defensively. We had a few errors early on, but we pulled it together.”
Breanna Pierce, a catcher for the Hawks and a sophomore studying psychology, said some people felt uneasy during the offensive rally.
“There was tension from the other team,” Pierce said. “We took that tension and used it as positive energy within our team, and cheered each other on.”
Pierce said that although they were happy the other teams’ errors helped them win the game, they were committed to being good sports.
“There’s always going to be competitiveness, but sportsmanship is always key,” Pierce said.
As the Hawks added points to the scoreboard, they were still able to recognize the talent of their opponents.
“The Knights’ pitcher was a really good pitcher, and we did well hitting against the pitcher,” Kevesdy said.
Kevesdy said she likes playing competitive softball because of the players’ skill level.
“Everyone in this league is good,” Kevesdy said. “The game is fast-paced, and all the players know what they are doing.”
The winning players were excited to go to the championship.
“It’s awesome. We are going to go into beast mode and do the best we can,” Pierce said.
Kevesdy believes the Hawks can win the championship.
“We’re going to the championship and taking on the Spartans,” Kevesdy said. “We are going to win. We believe.”
Pierce said her team will make preparations for the next game by practicing.
“We’re going to work on … hitting, solid defense and communicating within the team,” Pierce said.
The Hawks will play the Spartans for the competitive softball champion title in two weeks.