A week after coach Becky Lambert lit into her team after blowing a three-run lead in the final inning at home against Riverside Academy, the Hannan softball team seems to have gotten the message.
Hannan pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of seven Northlake Christian (5-6, 1-2) errors to defeat the Wolverines 12-1 Tuesday afternoon in Covington. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
“This was more of the complete game I was looking for,” Lambert said. “We hit well, played defense and pitched well. As a coach, you like to see your team score a lot of runs with two outs, and we were able to do that tonight. “
“We seem to be putting that loss to Riverside behind us and moving forward. If you don’t respond, you get left behind.”
After pushing across a single run in the first inning and two more in the second, Hannan (8-3, 2-0) exploded for five runs in the third inning. Allie Hutton was hit by a pitch, and Shaye Tredinich reached on an error. With one out, left fielder Kennedy Martin’s two-run single scored Hutton and Tredinich.
Two batters later, Lauren Wegener had an RBI single scoring Martin. Lauren Distefano followed with a single and scored on a Kaitlyn Allen single, coupled with a two-base error by Northlake Christian.
“I think we kind of needed a little kick in the butt,” Tredinich said. “This team did a lot of good things last year, but we want to reach even higher in 2016. I think the Riverside loss has served as motivation for this team to get going and for everybody to do their job. If everybody on this team does their job, then the sky is the limit for how far this team can go this year.”
Martin was the Hawks leading hitter, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
“After struggling in our last two games, we needed to get a good district win like we got tonight,” she said. “I just knew when my teammates got on base I needed to do my job and drive them in.
“Staying on this opponent (Northlake) and 10-run ruling them is what the coaching staff was talking to us about when they tell us they want a complete performance.”
Meanwhile in the circle, Hutton was nearly unhittable. The sophomore right-hander allowed an unearned run in the first inning. Hutton scattering five hits in five innings. She struck out 11 and with no walks.
“Hopefully a win like this gets us back on track,” Hutton said. “Everyone was really down after the loss to Riverside, and we just needed to get our confidence back. We know we can’t just play when we want to, we have to play until the very last out.”
“I felt really good in the circle in this game. I took a little time off from throwing last week, and in turn my arm felt really good today. I thought I was able to spin it well. Before the rain wiped out the end of our week, my arm was hurting a bit, but when I came back at the start of this week, my arm felt almost brand new.”