Highland defends No. 1 ranking
Highland softball didn’t run into any speed bumps defending its No. 1 state ranking over the weekend.
The Huskies’ offense was up to the task of playing four games in two days, scoring a combined 42 runs, and sweeping the weekend, to move to 16-1, which currently includes a five game winning streak.
“The offense was phenomenal at the plate this weekend,” Highland head coach Carrie Weiland said. “They picked some good pitches and the wind was blowing out, which helped with the power hitters and scored 10 runs each game. It’s hard to come back after that.”
The Huskies took on Winfield-Mt. Union on Friday night in conference action, and handled them easily with a 12-0 victory.
Katie Springer struck out nine of the 13 batters she faced (one hit allowed), while Cheyann Adamson and Bridget Murphy combined for seven RBIs in the contest.
On Saturday, it was a triple header for the Huskies, facing Calamus-Wheatland in the first game.
Adamson went 3-for-4 with a homerun, while Morgan Craig, Bailey Walsh and Jordan Rath all had multi-hit games for the Huskies as they pulled off the 10-2 victory.
Highland had its toughest test against Goose Lake, but a record three homeruns from the Huskies helped power them to a 10-7 win.
Craig, Walsh and Courtnee Hahn all had homeruns along with multi-hit games in the contest.
“Our speed and them giving us extra outs because of our speed helped us to have runners on base when the homeruns were hit,” Weiland said. “It all worked together. The middle of the lineup did a great job and the bottom and the top were on base, so we got the extra runs.”
In the final weekend game, Highland cruised to a 10-2 win over Camanche, highlighted by Springer’s fourth start in two days, while completing all but one start over the weekend.
She struck out five in the final game, while allowing eight hits and four walks in the busy weekend, and earned four wins to add to bring her record to 13-1.
“I think the second game was more of a struggle (for Katie),” Weiland said. “It seemed like exhaustion started to set in during the second game. But she came back and threw a great game, and I know she has it in her. She could throw every game in our season; I just don’t like to do that because I don’t want her getting tired at the end of the year when we need her the most. I was proud of her because she stuck it out and was pretty tired, but she did her job.”
Craig, Walsh and Murphy all picked up multi-hit games for the Huskies in the
The schedule doesn’t let up for the Huskies as they have a game every night this week, which promises to be taxing with temperatures expected to reach into the 90s this week.
“We talk about being healthy and making our workouts good,” Weiland said. “It does get exhausting and we are all a little tired, but this week again we play every night, so we work hard in maintaining the same routine and staying hydrated. It hasn’t been too hot yet, so this will be a true test with the warmer weather coming in.”
The busy week starts with a trip to Louisa-Muscatine at 7 p.m. on Monday.