Huskies get quick start
The Highland softball team is off to a blazing start in 2014 and couldn’t be stopped on Friday night when they hosted Washington.
Behind a three-run fifth inning, the Huskies were able to overtake the Demons 4-3 to move to 4-0 in four days to start the season.
“It’s awesome to get it done,” Highland head coach Carrie Wieland said. “It’s been a long week, we just finished school on Tuesday and playing every night of the week, but my girls love to play and I think that shows most of the time.”
Washington’s Stephanie Fishback started the scoring in the game, driven in by Morgan Brinning.
Highland’s Kelsey Hora reached base in the bottom of the inning, stole second, took third on a passed ball, then came around to score on a groundout by Courtnee Hahn to tie the game up at 1.
“(Kelsey) loves to run bases, is fast and smart,” Wieland said. “I think she is only going to get better and better and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do in college.”
The pitchers locked down the game until the fifth, when Grace Redlinger hit an RBI double, scoring Fishback to break the tie.
Highland answered big in the bottom of the fifth, driving in three runs, capped off on an RBI triple by Hahn that gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead.
Demon pitcher Ashley Rausch drove in Redlinger in the top of the seventh, but Washington couldn’t plate another run to give Highland the win.
Highland starting pitcher Katie Springer picked up the win, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings.
Rausch pitched six innings in the game, giving up four runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks, while striking out nine batters.
Washington is still waiting for a full squad to return to the diamond with players still involved in other sports.
“We have people playing in completely different places and had a completely different lineup,” Demon head coach Angie Shrader said. “Kolbi Breard was behind the plate and she’s probably never caught a game in her life and she did a fantastic job. It would be really nice to have everyone back by the end of the week, not that I’m hoping soccer loses on Tuesday, but it would be nice to have our team together.”
Washington will host Fort Madison in a doubleheader, while Highland will travel to take on WACO for the teams’ next games. Both are Monday afternoon.