Highland rolls on
After Wednesday night’s game against Lone Tree, Highland softball head coach Carrie Weiland had a lot to say, but it can all be summed up in her first three words.
“That was fun,” Weiland said after her Huskies took a 12-0 victory in three innings over the Lions in a game that only took 48 minutes to complete.
“We’ve been on fire with the bats so I knew that we had potential for that tonight,” Weiland said. “Lone Tree has a bunch of injuries so I knew they were struggling a bit defensively.”
Highland, the No. 1 team in the state, started things off quickly in the bottom of the first, with leadoff hitter Kelsey Hora scoring on a wild pitch, before Cheyann Adamson crushed a ball over the right field fence for a two-run homerun.
Seaira Drish singled in Kaytlin Chalupa later in the inning to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead.
In the second, Hora reached on a walk to lead off the inning and went from first to home on an error as the Lions tried to throw her out stealing.
Highland plated four total runs in the second, and in the third, Bailey Walsh hit a single with runners on second and third to end the game 12-0.
Adamson finished the game 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while three other Huskies (Walsh, Chalupa and Bridget Murphy) each finished the game with two hits.
On the mound, Husky pitcher Katie Springer only allowed one hit, while striking out seven of the ten batters she faced.
Highland has now scored at least 10 runs in its seven consecutive games, and eight of its last nine.
“I can’t say if it’s sustainable, but I sure hope so,” Weiland said. “They’ve worked hard to be this good, and our best option is to beat teams. We are going to beat them one way or another, whether we 10-run them or one-run them. It doesn’t really matter to us.”
Highland has been in a grind over the last two weeks, playing 14 games in 14 days, including a tripleheader last Saturday.
“Last week we played eight games and this week we play six, so sometimes the quicker the better for our pitcher,” Weiland said. “Now our second pitcher is back, so that helps. It’s been a lot of games, but we practice and it’s our life all summer and that’s the way we do it.”
As the Huskies move to 18-1 on the year, they are showing no signs of getting tired.
“The only time we saw fatigue was on Monday night (at Louisa Muscatine),” Weiland said. “It was hot, it is hard to play there and everyone was tired so that’s about it. They do a really good job, they have a program every Monday-Wednesday-Friday and get up and get the blood flowing and do the things we have to do.”
Highland won the game at Louisa-Muscatine 12-4 after giving up all four runs in the first inning.
The Huskies will host WACO on Thursday night at 7 p.m.