Huskies blank Saints
Cheyann Adamson has become known for her speed and ability to get on base this season, but it was on full display for everyone at the state tournament at Fort Dodge on Tuesday.
The sophomore led off the third inning of the state quarterfinal for Highland softball against St. Ansgar, dropping down a bunt.
She was on her way to beating out the bunt, but a wide throw over to first sent the ball into right field, sending Adamson on her way to second. The ball was misplayed by the right fielder and without any hesitation, Adamson rounded second and third.
“Cheyann beat the bunt out, but there was no hesitation sending her because I saw where the cut was and I knew she just wanted to score,” Highland head coach Carrie Weiland said. “Her speed allows her to do a lot of things normal people can’t do.”
With Adamson’s speed, there wasn’t even a play at the plate as she gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead.
That play sparked a three-run third inning for Highland (32-1) as they rolled to a quarterfinal shutout, 5-0, advancing to the state semifinals on Thursday morning.
“I think that the best feeling was being able to be announced and show our support to the crowd, so that started it for us,” Weiland said. “Then (Pitcher Katie Springer) got in her groove and the kids just played like we normally play. It was a good feeling. I think the whole thing was a good feeling and we played great in practice, and just being here is a great experience.”
Springer pitched well from the circle, going all seven innings and only allowing three hits, while not giving up a walk. She struck out five batters.
Offensivley, the Huskies were led by center fielder Kelsey Hora who went 3-for-3 from the dish, scoring two runs and walking once.
“What ‘Peanut’ (Hora) does is when she relaxes and they play deep on her, she ‘picks her victim,’ as we call it,” Weiland said. “She’s smiling at the bat all the time and she doesn’t want to lose; whether it’s an at-bat or (on defense) with a well hit ball to the fence, she’s going to get it. She wins every play and that’s what she practices and that’s the way she plays.”
Highland started the scoring in the second inning, when Seaira Drish hit a two-out RBI single to score Bailey Walsh.
In the third, after Adamson’s scamper around the bases, Hora scored on a passed ball, then Walsh singled in Courtnee Hahn to make it 4-0 Huskies.
In the sixth, Highland tacked on another run with a Bridget Murphy single, and that was all the scoring they would need with Springer’s shutout.
The Huskies have Wednesday off to prepare for their semifinal bout with Eddyville-Blakesburg on Thursday, and they plan to stick together and relax.
“We are always staying together,” Weiland said. “They don’t get their phones except for about an hour a day, and that’s a big key for me. They’ve socialized and met some really nice kids up here too. Dorm life for them is just a blast. (Wednesday) we are just going to stick to the same plan we’ve always done. We’ll practice and eat, then go watch some games and get some rest. “
Eddyville Blakesburg stands at 25-5 after its 5-1 win over Alburnett on Tuesday, and is led by Tasha Alexander and Nataliah Hopkins, who are both batting over .380 on the season. Alexander also has the team lead of five homeruns for the team, while Hopkins has posted a 0.95 ERA in 185 innings pitched this season.
“We’ve played good competition all year and we’ve had different scenarios that put us with the good competition,” Weiland said. “They just need to stay relaxed; and if we play our game and do our job, I don’t think they are concerened about what anyone is going to do against us. It’s what we have to do against them.”
Highland’s game against Eddyville-Blakesburg will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday.