By Megan Dierberger – [email protected]

After falling to St. Thomas on April 23, the Blazer softball team dropped from first to third place in the MIAC.

The top four teams make it to the double-elimination postseason tournament and the young Blazer team, with no seniors, is hoping to secure its playoff spot.

The Blazers have not made it to the playoffs since 2014 when they lost their first two playoff games.

Sophomore outfielder Kate Deming, who is currently second in the MIAC with 29 stolen bases, didn’t hesitate when asked the Blazers’ greatest strength.

“Chemistry,” Deming said. “All of our personalities mesh well together, which makes playing that much more fun. Every person is able to pick any other up on any given day.”

This chemistry has helped them accumulate 26 wins.

Throughout the season, St. Ben’s has played exceedingly well and has won games by an average of seven to nine runs. The Blazers’ season consists of many winning streaks and comebacks.

On April 13, 17 and 21, the Blazers played doubleheaders against St. Olaf, Bethel and Hamline respectively. The Blazers lost each first game but came back to win all three second games by a large margin.

Cassie Meyer, junior pitcher and a 2017 MIAC Athlete of the Week in April, said that the change in their attitude happened right away.

“We have been really good at having a short memory this season,” Meyer said. “We wiped away a mistake in the field, a poor at bat or a rough inning in the first game and adjusted. We showed off our strengths in the second game and attacked early.”

CSB dominated Macalester on April 22 to continue its MIAC sweep to a total of six games. They beat Macalester 9-1 and 7-0.

However, a season is rarely ever perfect and a bump in the road occurred against the Blazers’ rivals, St. Thomas.

“I really thought we were able to stay with them during the first couple innings in the game,” Meyer said. “There were just too many situations where runners would be on base and we couldn’t supply the hits to bring them in.”

St. Thomas slowly gained its lead after scoring one to two runs every inning. The Blazers ended up dropping both, 8-4 and 5-0.

The Blazers are focusing on where they can improve.

“We always need to be able to make adjustments at the plate, especially early on in the game,” Deming said.

The Blazers have one MIAC doubleheader left against St. Kate’s at home on April 29.

Their plan is to maintain focus and perform the little things in each play, inning and game.

“[Our plan is to] execute every play, hit the ball hard and attack from the beginning of the game,” Deming said.

St. Ben’s also plays a nonconference doubleheader on Sunday, April 30 at St. Scholastica for its last regular season game of the year.

FEATURE PHOTO COURTESY OF CSB ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS