Scoring six runs in the fourth and fifth inning, the Archbishop Hannan softball team had no trouble with Jewel Sumner, defeating the Cowgirls 8-2 on Monday afternoon.
“It took us a little while to get going with the bats,” Hawks coach Becky Lambert said. “That has happened a lot this season. We were slow adjusting to the pitching, but once we got things going and got things together, we can put some runs on the board. Hitting is contagious, and we had back-to-back big innings.”
Up 2-1 headed into the fourth inning, Hannan (11-2) was able to push across three unearned runs on a pair of hits. Jensen Volz and Shaye Tredinich reached on errors to open the inning, and a single by Kennedy Martin loaded the bases with one out.
Sydney Williams drove in Volz with a single, and a throwing error by Jewel Sumner allowed Tredinich and Martin to also score on the play, making it 5-1.
“Their mistakes (Jewel Sumner) helped give us some more big runs,” Lambert said. “But we did what we had to do. We hit the ball, and we put pressure on the opponent, which you are trying to do.”
Hannan added another three runs an inning later thanks to RBI singles by Allie Hutton, Volz and a RBI sacrifice fly by Tredinich.
Pounding out 10 hits, Hutton, Volz, Tredinich, Lauren Wegener and Lindsey Osborn also had two hits for the Hawks.
“We are young with only one senior out in the field right now,” Lambert said. “This team last year pretty much played young. I feel like we are still young but we are experienced. Last year, we were young and inexperienced. Our pitching is better this year. We are not giving up as many runs, and we are still scoring. We are a pretty confident group.”
Hutton (7-1) picked up the win. The freshman allowed only a single earned run on six hits, striking out two and walking two.
“I have to give credit to my offense for giving me runs to work with,” Hutton said. “As a pitcher, it is so much easier to pitch with a lead. It makes you more comfortable out there, and you know your job is to just throw strikes and let your defense do all the work.
“It took us a couple of innings to get going, but once we saw the pitcher a couple of times, we had a better understanding of what she was trying to do. You get her speed, and that makes it easier to put the ball in play.”
Jensen Volz relieved Hutton in the sixth inning and did not allow a hit.
Kristie Sanchez (6-4) was the losing pitcher for Jewel Sumer (6-4), allowing two earned runs on four hits.