A split at Marion and a sweep of Center Point-Urbana highlighted the week for the Beckman softball team.
The Blazers played at Marion July 1 and dropped the first game, 5-1, before winning the second, 6-4.
The teams were tied at 1-1 after the opening frame, but Marion put up two more in the third and fifth to lead and eventually win.
Only three hits came off the Blazer bats, from Heather Boeckenstedt (who also scored the run off a Kamryn Klas single), Klas and Lauren Osterhaus. Sydney Steffen took the loss, giving up just eight hits and fanning four.
Steffen, who went over 1,000 innings pitched last week got one back in the nightcap, where she allowed four runs on 10 hits and struck out four. Steffen has been the pitching mainstay for the Blazers since her eighth-grade year, when she threw 165 innings. Freshman year saw her go 215 1/3, sophomore 234 1/3, junior 178 2/3 and she is at 213 2/3 so far this season.
Klas stayed dialed in, going 2-for-4 in this one. Also getting hits were Boeckenstedt, Jadyn Welling, Shea Steffen (three RBIs), Kiersten(double) and Keeley Schmitt. The Blazers used some of those hits in the five-run fourth inning when they took control of a 0-0 game and kept it.
Their bats stayed hot when they faced CPU there July 3 for wins of 4-3 and 6-5. In the first game, they put up three runs in the first inning and added the winner in their half of the seventh. CPU got single runs in the first, second and seventh.
Both Boeckenstedt and Welling went 2-for-4, with Sydney Steffen (double), Osterhaus and Nell McDermott adding hits.
In the second game, they changed things up a bit, playing catch-up after spotting the Stormin’ Pointers a 4-2 lead after four. A run in the fifth got them closer but a three-run seventh won the game for them.
They made eight hits count in this game, from Boeckenstedt (2-for-3), Klas (2-for-4), Sydney and Shea Steffen, Kiersten Schmitt and Osterhaus.
Shea Steffen was awarded the win in 3 and 2/3 innings of work where she gave up three hits, two runs, three walks and a strikeout. Kaylee Ludwig began the game, allowing three runs on one hit and seven walks, fanning one.
The Blazers returned home Friday night to face the Western Dubuque Bobcats and fell 5-4 in the non-conference test. (See story page 1B.)