Business as usualHighland softball rolls to 13th straight win
It felt like a slow night at Highland High School on Tuesday night.
The Husky softball team wasn’t putting up runs at its normally frantic pace, and the offense just seemed to be a bit off.
Despite the pace of the game, the No. 1 team in 2A still ended up with 10 runs on the night, defeating Wapello 10-2, as Highland moved to 21-1 on the season.
“I felt like it took a little longer than it normally does, but (Wapello) has a good pitcher,” Highland head coach Carrie Wieland said. “The girls had to adjust to what the umpire was calling. I thought they did a really good job being patient and put the ball in play when they needed to.”
Three of the previous four games for the Huskies have ended with the 10-run rule, and they have now picked up at least 10 runs in 14 of their 22 games this season.
Highland racked up 12 hits on the night, while Katie Springer was sharp in the circle for the Huskies, striking out four, while giving up seven hits and one walk to Wapello over the full seven innings.
Leading the way offensively for the Huskies was Cheyann Adamson, who was playing in her second game as the leadoff hitter this season, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Bridget Murphy and Morgan Craig picked up two RBIs each as well.
“Cheyanne is new to the leadoff spot, and we started on Monday (against Lone Tree) and she is seeing the ball (really well),” Wieland said. “I think it looks like a watermelon to her. She’s in a groove and is picking her pitches and puts the ball anywhere.”
Adamson didn’t waste any time scoring in the contest.
In the bottom of the first, Adamson led off the inning with a single, and as she went to steal second, the attempt to throw her out went over the second baseman’s head. Adamson turned on the afterburners and went all the way home on the error.
In the second, Kaytlin Chalupa got things started with a one-out single and stolen base, and was driven in by Seaira Drish. Two batters later, Adamson connected on a two-RBI single, driving in Drish and Jordan Rath, giving the Huskies a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Wapello got a run back in the third as Ashley Hahnbaum drove in Sydney Reid, but Highland responded with two more in its half of the inning.
In the fourth, Adamson’s leadoff single was followed by a slap-bunt single by Kelsey Hora, who would be driven on a two-RBI single. Murphy would come in to score on a sacrifice bunt by Morgan Craig to give the Huskies a 9-1 lead.
The Wapello offense strung together a couple hits in the fifth to bring home a run, but the Highland defense wouldn’t let any more come through.
“(Springer) had to mentally know that Wapello was going to hit the ball,” Wieland said. “We know that. She just had to out pitch them, but I think she was overpitching. She had a great game, and did her job tonight. Sometimes you’ll have that where you have trouble getting it in.”
Highland tacked on one more run in the sixth, to secure the victory as they looked ahead to play WACO on Wednesday morning.
The Huskies will travel to face Pekin on Thursday.