Former Mount Si star softball shortstop Amy Trenkamp, a freshman playing this season for Charleston Southern University, recorded her first college run batted in and run scored in a women’s softball game Feb. 18 against the Louisville Cardinals in Statesboro, Ga. Unfortunately for Trenkamp and the rest of her CSU team, it was not enough, as the Cards scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal an 8-5 victory.
But Trenkamp was only warming up. On Saturday, Feb. 25, she put together a remarkable performance to help her Buccaneers come from behind in the team’s home opener in Charleston, S.C.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, with two out and the game on the line, Trenkamp hit a single down the left-field line to score the tying and game-winning runs as CSU rallied for a dramatic 8-7 win over Gardner-Webb of North Carolina. The heroics by Trenkamp capped off what had been a very wild seventh: in the top of the frame, the visiting Bulldogs scored six runs to take what should have been a decisive 7-3 lead, only to see their pitchers implode in the bottom of the inning, giving up a total of five Buc runs and lose the contest.
What made this remarkable, according to the CSU Web site, is that Trenkamp had left the game temporarily after being hit in the face with a ball early on. That injury did not stop the former Wildcat, however. In addition to the game-winning heroics, she also hit a triple in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With the win, the Bucs are 3-10-1 on the season. Trenkamp is hitting .250 with five hits and three RBIs, but the year is still young and she, and the team, both will have a chance to rebound. CSU will play games up until May, many of them in tournaments such as the one they will host March 3-4.
It should also be noted that former Wildcat outfielder Emily White is also playing softball this season for Bethany University in California. The Bruins, as of Feb. 24, were winless in their first 12 contests. Many of their losses have been blowouts. White also played last fall for the college’s volleyball team.