After losing its season-opener, the Lourdes softball team has been on a roll and entered Thursday’s Trailways-North Conference game against Pardeeville on a four-game win streak.
Sophomore pitcher Lauren Schiek has been a big reason behind that success, contributing both on the mound and at the plate.
Her success continued in Thursday’s game as the Knights won their fifth straight game, 6-0, over the Bulldogs at home. Schiek picked up the win, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out 16 against only one walk. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
Oshkosh Northwestern Media caught up with the sophomore after the game to talk about the win.
Oshkosh Northwestern Media: Solid 6-0 win over Pardeeville tonight, thoughts about the game?
Lauren Schiek: I thought we came out strong right out of the gate and we just tried to do the best of our abilities and thank God for the opportunity to play today, it was a great day and teammates backed me up well. Mollie behind the plate did a great job and I think we all came out strong and tried to play our best.
ONM: Your team scored five runs in the first two innings, how important was that and also knowing that you have run support?
LS: It’s great, it builds the confidence and keeps our momentum going to keep playing strong.
ONM: You had 16 strikeouts in the win, allowed only four hits. What was working for you?
LS: I just focused on hitting my spots and my movement and keeping the batters off-balanced.
ONM: You had a single that turned into a triple and an RBI-double, finishing 2-for-3. Talk about your night at the plate.
LS: I am just trying to focus and stay confident with the bat, just focus on seeing the ball and driving it.
ONM: What’s been key for you offensively? You are red-hot, having a home run in Tuesday’s game as well.
LS: I’ve used a lot of mental imagery, just trying to focus, see and drive the ball and give God his glory.
ONM: You lost your first game but have been playing well since. What’s been working as a team?
LS: We have been building up every game, getting stronger every game and really progressing throughout the year. We have been cleaning up the errors and coming out stronger and stronger each game as we play harder teams.
ONM: What are some goals for the rest of the season?
LS: Well, team goals I would love to win conference and regionals and we’ll see from there.
Coach Gayle Luehr’s thoughts
Today’s game I think offensively we were very aggresive, not waiting for two and three strikes. We were hitting the ball early, hard. Defensively we did much better job and things we have been working on. I think our base running was good, our bunts got down today so really a good effort offensively.
Lauren was hitting her spots today. She can get strikeouts without hitting spots, but today was a great effort by her just because he was hitting spots and using all of our pitches instead of using one pitch and just hoping they swing and miss. If you look at our last four or five games, she has had 11, 16 (strikeouts) so it’s kind of at par. And Mollie (Bartlett) did a fabulous job calling some of the game and it’s not easy to catch Lauren. It was a great team effort.
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