Offense picks up in support of dominant pitching
MONT BELVIEU – With dominant pitching, the Barbers Hill Lady Eagles softball team is off to another blazing start.
However, the bats have had some issues staying consistent and did not contribute in two 1-0 losses this season, one of which happened Thursday in a defeat against visiting Waller on the first day of the Barbers Hill Tournament.
The Lady Eagles found a way to get into a rhythm at the plate the final two days of the tournament with wins over Pearland (4-2) and The Woodlands (3-2) on Friday and a clinching 7-0 beat down of Keller the following day.
In the win against Pearland, it wasn’t about a lot of power, but just a lot of patience at the plate and finding the gaps.
“We are just not making adjustments as easy as it should be, but once the energy is up after we get hits, it’s just hit after hit after hit,” junior pitcher/outfielder Samantha Landry said after knocking in three runs against Pearland.
Later she struck out nine in the win against The Woodlands.
The pitching allowed only seven runs in 17 games so they continue to do their job in the circle.
“We have all been doing pretty well and all of the pitchers are giving it all we can and backing up the offense,” senior pitcher Jessica Mullins said after her win over Pearland. “If it’s my turn I have to give 100 percent and do my job. I want to up my confidence, spin and speed. There is always something to work on.”
Head coach Aaron Fuller stresses his girls must take advantage of their opportunities to bring runs in, after stranding 24 runners over five games.
“Right now we are just facing some really good pitchers,” he said. “Our first few tournaments, competition was a little down and our bats were alive. This tournament is like what we will see in postseason.”
Sophia Simpson struck out four to no-hit Keller.
“Our pitching is going to be our pitching,” Fuller said. “I am confident with whoever we put in the circle. They can put up zeros inning after inning.”
Landry had two RBI while Simpson, Hayley Freudenberg and Faith Guidry all knocked in one run apiece to lead in the easy win over Keller.
REL winless at Liberty
The Lady Ganders fell to 4-13 after dropped all three games at Liberty, finishing with a 13-2 loss to Hargrave on Friday.