The Horizon

The IU Southeast Softball team huddles up after defeating #9 Marian 4-0. The Grenadiers defeated two top 10 teams in the NAIA Opening Round, their second coming on a 1-0 walk-off victory against #7 Columbia College.

Softball’s historic season comes to an end in NAIA Opening Round final against Mount Mercy

Grenadiers knock off two top 10 programs, but fall just short of NAIA World Series in Opening Round finale
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 27, 2021

As the IU Southeast Softball team transitioned into postseason play, every game felt as if they were fighting to extend their season as long as possible. After falling to Rio Grande in the winner's bracket...

Freshman catcher Erin Templeman squares up against a fastball shooting down the middle of the strike zone against West Virginia Tech on May 15. Templeman went 3-for-10 with five RBI in the RSC Tournament, three of which came on a mammoth game-tying three-run home run against Rio Grande in the RSC title game.

Softball heads for NAIA Opening Round despite falling to Rio Grande in RSC Championship

Despite losing winner-take-all title game against top-seeded RedStorm, Grenadiers punch ticket to NAIA Opening Round on Probus walk-off against West Virginia Tech
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 16, 2021

After battling Rio Grande for the River States Conference Regular-Season title for much of the year, the IU Southeast Softball team was dealt a bad hand after splitting their final doubleheader of the...

Freshman outfielder Brooklyn Gibbs gets tagged at home plate after a perfect throw from Carlow centerfielder Morgan Nedley, preventing the Grenadiers from scoring in the second inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Celtics on May 3.

Softball concludes regular season with split against Carlow, prepare for RSC Tournament

Grenadiers drop close day game before using late comeback to take nightcap in home finale
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 6, 2021

When the 2021 softball season began, the River States Conference picked IU Southeast and Rio Grande to finish the regular season atop the conference standings, with the Grenadiers edging the RedStorm by...

Freshman right-hander Brooklyn Gibbs fires a fastball to Oakland City's McKendree Ward, resulting in a groundout to second base to end the first inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader on April 6. The start for Gibbs was her first since March 3 against #5 Marian after recovering from a torn UCL in her left thumb.

Softball sweeps Oakland City to remain undefeated in RSC play

Gibbs makes highly anticipated return from injury, combines with Ogg for no-hitter to cap off four-game season sweep of Oaks
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor April 8, 2021

After sweeping Brescia to begin River States Conference play, the IU Southeast Softball team felt confident as they began a key portion of their schedule. Fueled in part by the recent return of junior...

Brescia's Brooklyn Ray (#31) tries to make contact on an off-speed pitch from Grenadier freshman pitcher Gabby Mahoney, resulting in a weak groundball back to the pitcher's circle in the nightcap of a doubleheader on March 29. Mahoney went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and earning her fifth win as the Grenadiers took the game 11-4 and swept the four-game season series against the Bearcats.

Softball sweeps Brescia to begin RSC slate

Grenadiers sweep doubleheaders against Bearcats in consecutive days to begin RSC play
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor March 31, 2021

The last time that the IU Southeast Softball team confronted a River States Conference rival, they endured a 13-0 loss against Rio Grande in the 2019 RSC Tournament before winning the loser's bracket to...

Ellie Jackman rips an RBI single to centerfield, driving in Ysa Fox. The hit completed a late Grenadier rally to take game two of a doubleheader against Huntington University on March 13.

Softball snaps cold streak with sweep of Huntington

#22 Grenadiers take day game by comfortable margin before using late rally to take nightcap to sweep Foresters
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor March 15, 2021

After starting the season with a record of 11-1, the IU Southeast Softball team encountered a slight rough patch over the past week. The Grenadiers, who moved up to #22 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll,...

Ellie Jackman barely beats the tag of Siena Heights' Lily Guerra to steal second base during game two of a doubleheader against the Saints on March 6.

Softball sweeps Siena Heights for first half of weekend slate

#24 Grenadiers breeze through day game, rally late in nightcap to sweep Saints as part of packed weekend schedule
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor March 8, 2021

The IUS Softball team continues to impress in the early goings of the 2021 campaign. Despite suffering their first loss of the season after splitting a midweek doubleheader against #5 Marian University,...

Grenadier pitcher Hannah Ogg fires a strike in game one of a doubleheader against #5 Marian University on March 3. Ogg appeared in both contests, pitching 10 innings while allowing three runs on eight hits.

Softball splits midweek doubleheader with Marian

#24 Grenadiers use strong first inning to take day game, drop nightcap against #5 Knights
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor March 5, 2021

The IU Southeast Softball team had a strong start to the season, winning their first six games against Alice Lloyd, Grace College, and IU South Bend. During that span, the #24 Grenadiers were an offensive...

Centerfielder Kaitlyn Flowers slides into home plate on a Macie Zink squeeze bunt, narrowly avoiding the tag to give the Grenadiers a 1-0 victory over IU South Bend in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Feb. 27.

Softball sweeps IU South Bend to complete dominant week

Grenadiers defeat Titans on walkoff in extra innings in day game and mercy rule in nightcap
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor March 1, 2021

The IU Southeast Softball team had a dominant start to their season last week, starting with a two-game sweep of Alice Lloyd by scores of 12-1 and 13-0 in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb....

From left to right; Ellie Jackman, Madeline Probus (23), Lindsey Nelson, Brooklyn Gibbs (14), Kelsey Warman, and Reecie Gilliam all share a conversation in the pitcher's circle between innings during a home doubleheader against Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College on March 4, 2020.

Softball looks to build off historic shortened season in 2021

Grenadiers return almost entire roster from last year's 19-2-1 campaign, including all nine starters and top two starting pitchers
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor February 8, 2021

The Historic Year That Almost Was A year removed from an improbable run at the River States Conference Tournament championship and a trip to the NAIA Opening Round, the IU Southeast Softball team looked...

Now a senior, Baylee Krueger has learned the delicate balancing act of playing on two college sports teams, all while keeping up with her full-time course load.

Dual Threat

Baylee Krueger brings skills to the Grenadiers both on the basketball court and the softball field, all while succeeding in the classroom
Brandon Miniard, Staff Reporter October 29, 2018

It’s very common for an athlete in high school to play multiple sports, such as basketball and baseball, to help them stay active and out of trouble for a longer portion of the school year. That’s...

Morgan Keefer, junior pitcher and outfielder, winds up for a pitch at practice. Keefer is part of the group of returning players Coach Witten hopes to lead the Grenadiers this year.

Softball Team Hopes to Make a Push in RSC

Head coach Joe Witten believes his young, but talented team is poised to make a run in the River States Conference
Bailey Sanders, Staff Reporter February 19, 2018

The weather may make it seem like it is still the middle of winter, but Grenadier softball is right around the corner. IU Southeast will kick off their season on Friday, Feb. 23, at home against 10th...

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