The first innings of Christendom baseball and softball in 2019 are set to begin next week, with the Crusaders and Lady Crusaders beginning their respective seasons. The Crusaders will open their season at home vs. Penn State York on Tuesday, March 12, while the Lady Crusaders will begin on the road against Trinity University on Friday, March 15.
On May 2nd, the athletics department held its annual end-of-year sports banquet. At the banquet, the athletics department honored our graduating seniors with personal plaques commemorating their years of participation in Christendom varsity sports, as well as honoring Sophomore Ian Heisler with his USCAA Player of the Week Award for his no-hitter thrown on March 3rd.
In the first game of the double-header, Christendom fell to Washington Adventist on Sunday 17-4. The Crusader offense struggled against Washington Adventist’s pitcher, Aliyah Stone, who only gave up 5 hits.
The Lady Crusaders defeated Northern Virginia Community College 27-4 in 5 innings on Friday afternoon. Christendom’s offense was hot and put together 21 hits in their 35 total at bats. Sophie Adams was 5-5 including 2 doubles, a triple, and a grand slam;
Calling all Christendom Crusaders! T-minus 2 days to Giving Day! We hope you can join us for one of the social events in Front Royal, Manassas, Dallas or Denver on the 24th of April. Our first challenge has been announced: Once we receive 200 monthly gifts a group of generous alumni will give $75K to The Carroll Fund! Wow, $75K just for 200 of you giving a monthly gift no matter the amount. This is absolutely attainable with your help, especially considering the fact that alumni couples that give count as two gifts. We can do this!
The Lady Crusaders lost to Penn State Schuylkill on Sunday 16-3. Penn State's Danielle Lilly had 4 RBIs and their pitcher, Cara Brennan, allowed only 4 hits to the 24 batters she faced. Christendom's Becca Byrne pitched 4 innings, giving up 21 hits and 13 earned runs.
The Lady Crusaders got their first win of the season on Saturday at Valley Forge. They rallied in the top of the 2 nd inning to score 20 runs. Annemarie Speer led the Crusaders with 4 RBIs followed by Becca Byrne and Sophie Gordon who each had 3. Becca Byrne got the win, pitching 5 innings, allowing 7 hits and 6 earned runs.
The Lady Crusaders traveled to Washington Adventist University on Thursday. They fell to the Shock 7-1 in the first game of their double header. Annemarie Speer batted in the one Crusader run of the game. WAU's Courtney Jenkins led the Shock’s offense with 5 RBIs
On a very cold and windy afternoon, the Lady Crusaders took on Cairn University in a double header. The Sophomores stole the show with Margaret Speer, Sofia Skuba, and Rebecca Byrne all having two hits a piece. Byrne also battled the wind and cold and pitched the entire game.
After build-up of much anticipation due to multiple snow or rained-out games, the Lady Crusaders softball team took the field for their first game this past Wednesday. Under new Coach Bob McClary, the team began this season well, with a 14-11 run victory against Notre Dame of Maryland. The girls played a clean first game, making only 2 errors. Among the highlights were a diving catch behind 2nd base made by senior shortstop Bridget Handy to end the top of the second inning, as well as clutch hits by sophomores Nicole Feldman and Maggie Adams and consistent pitching by Senior Mary Solitario
For athletes, there is no greater rush than playing a game well. It makes the early morning practices, the hill sprints, and the sore muscles all have a purpose. There is something about playing on a team that really brings out the best in people. When you look at the scoreboard and know?whatever the end result is?that you have played your hardest, it all makes sense. This is everything you have worked for?it?s the reason you pushed through all those tough practices.
America’s pastime returns to Christendom next week, with opening day double-headers scheduled for baseball and softball. The Lady Crusaders will hit the field first on Tuesday, taking on Trinity University, while the Crusaders will make their long-awaited return to the diamond on Friday against Central Penn. Both sets of games will be held at Front Royal’s Bing Crosby Stadium.
Christendom’s athletic department is celebrating one of its finest years in sports, due in a large part to the efforts of the college’s senior student-athletes, both this season and over the course of their four years at Christendom. Of the sixteen senior athletes, each played key roles on their teams, leading the Crusaders to great success this year, and leaving a legacy of sportsmanship and perseverance that the college will remember for years to come.
The Lady Crusaders closed out their season with a tough loss this last Monday, when the team traveled to the beautiful campus of Messiah College in Pennsylvania. It was a sunny, warm, and clear—the perfect weather for playing softball.
In Game 2 of the double-header against Valley Forge on Saturday, the Lady Crusaders came out strong, led by Senior pitcher Annie Adams. The bats were on fire for Christendom, with 10 singles and several RBI sacrifice flies
Playing under the lights before a large, cheering Christendom crowd, the Lady Crusaders picked up right where they left off in the first game. In game two of the night, the Crusaders again took the W, with the final score 21-3
In the second game of the double header vs College of the South-Sewanee, the Lady Crusaders continued their solid momentum from the last several innings of Game 1, getting a couple of walks and timely hits which lead to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. They played solid defense and scored again in the second inning to go up 4-0.
The Lady Crusader’s Softball team got off to a bit of a rocky start this season; they ended their first game against College of the South-Sewanee with a final score of 13-5. Yet this game was not without its victories for the Crusaders.