Softball looks to build off of strong performances as league play continues

Softball 2Luke Hare, Staff Writer

 

As the Saint Martin’s softball team is quickly approaching the mid-way point in league play, they look to keep the bats rolling in the second half of the season.

One area where the Saints are finding success is hitting. There are seven girls with a batting average (BA) over .285 with 12 home runs. A few of the standout players are seniors Sabrina Hicks and Lauren Diuco, as well as freshman Trinity Favela, and sophomore Emery Norwood.  Hicks has a team best five home runs and 24 runs batted in (RBI). Diuco’s BA is .338, and she has been very successful at putting the ball in play and forcing the defense to make a play. Of her team-leading 68 at-bats, she has only struck out four times. Another surprise has been freshman Favela, who is currently hitting .308, and has the third most hits on the team with 20. She is one of only four players who has started every game so far this year, with the other three being upperclassmen. And last, but definitely not least, has been the recent rise of Emery Norwood. With her first start of the year not coming until league play, she led the team with a .400 BA in those 10 games. Norwood also plays the perfect role of a leadoff batter, where she has drawn 11 walks for an unheard of on-base percentage (OBP) of .625. In order to keep those wins coming in, the Saints must keep these numbers rolling and have everyone be ready to step up when their time is called.

A pleasant surprise on the mound has been transfer Brandi Schoessler, who has mostly been dominating her opponents. She currently leads the team in earned run average (ERA), innings pitched, and wins. While most of Schoessler’s appearances have not been starts, she has been able to keep the opponents from scoring enough runs to win in all but two appearances and currently has nine wins with only two losses.

Defensively, the Saints have found some success. This side of the ball will always have mistakes happen because of communication, weather conditions, or what some coaches do not believe in– a “bad hop.” Realistically, errors will happen, but it’s how you react to those that determines what will happen in the future. The Saints are outranking their opponents by giving up eight less errors. Another huge aspect comes from the catchers, where they have given up 23 less stolen bases. Some of that credit goes to our offense as well, where Norwood, Diuco, and Hicks have a combined 27 of the 44 stolen bases for Saint Martin’s.

With the Saints quickly approaching the halfway point of league play, the team will look to control what they can, and take things one game at a time. Keep your eyes open, because the Saints are looking to get the momentum back on their side as league play continues.

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