Highland keeps up strong start
Highland continued its hot hitting in its last two games, picking up two wins over the last two days.
The Huskies picked up a win on Tuesday over Columbus, 12-0 and on Wednesday had a come-from-behind win against Cardinal, 7-5.
“I think they get a little shocked,” Highland head coach Carrie Wieland said. “It shocks them when people score runs on us because our defense is so good. They decided it was time to change the game and they made things happen. Getting the pressure put on us early is better, because the other teams putting runs on the board makes us a little more hungry.”
The wins improve the Highland’s record to 10-1, while remaining the No. 1 ranked team in 2A.
Against Columbus, Jordan Rath went 4-for-4 with a home run, double and four RBIs to lead Highland in the game. The Huskies offense also got help from Bailey Walsh who went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Seaira Drish (2-for-4, 2 RBIs).
“Jordan has been amazing at the plate,” Weiland said. “I think she is seeing the ball incredibly well, is picking her pitches and is relaxed. She’s been a great leader, being the one senior that is playing, so she’s done a really good job at the bottom of the lineup, so she starts to lead off again.”
Huskie pitcher Katie Springer allowed only two hits and no walks over six innings and struck out 10 to get the win.
On Wednesday, Highland fell behind quickly in the top of the first as Cardinal plated two runs, but Highland answered fast with seven unanswered runs.
The Huskies picked up one in the bottom of the first, then three in the second and third to secure the victory.
Rath again came up big for the Huskies, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Cheyann Adamson also went 2-for-3, picking up a triple and two RBIs.
“That’s been the key,” Weiland said. “If the top is struggling the bottom (of the lineup) will pick it up. Over the years we’ve never really had a bottom of the lineup be able to keep it up, and this year they’ve really done a good job.”
On the mound, Kaytlin Chalupa picked up the win, striking out three, and Springer struck out five to pick up the save.
The Huskies take on Iowa Mennonite in Riverside on Thursday night at 7 p.m.