HOUGHTON — The Houghton women’s softball team has formulated a winning combination that just keeps getting better. He was presented Tuesday night by a She Baraga Vikings with scores of 21-8 and 12-2
The formula goes like this: strong throwing and strong defense plus big bats equals wins.
“All the girls hit well” said Gremlin assistant coach Josie Connors, who was at the helm Tuesday due to head coach Mel Baker’s work stoppage. “It’s something we’re working on. We’re not standing on the plate hoping to walk.
In Game 1 against the Vikings, the Gremlins had 15 hits for 22 runs. They opened first with four tackles and continued to increase their lead set by set. They were leading 7-0 after three.
Baraga posted his first points late in the fourth. Back-to-back walks to Maria Coronado and Corinna Jahfetson saw them both score in that frame to make it a 7-2 Houghton tilt.
Grace Brunet pitched the first three innings for the Gremlins allowing no runs, two hits and five strikeouts. She was relieved by Regan Moyle.
The Gremlins finished off the Vikings with an eight-run seventh inning that included a hit parade from Mackenzie Ekdahl, Brunet and Fayah Zapolnik who threw a triple to left center.
In the nightcap, it was the Vikings who made it to the scoreboard first. With one out, Coronado slapped a base hit in the middle. After stealing second place, Jahfetson stepped up. She proceeded to throw a Stella Soumis fastball deep into center field for a home run out of the park.
“It was awesome” said Baraga head coach Joe Coronado.
He added that despite the losses, his daughters played some of their best softball of the season.
“Our line-up was incredible” he said. “We caught fly balls and made outs. It was a marked improvement over the bug-filled game we had in the past. I put Emmy Bobula on shortstop for the first time tonight, and she was amazing. Also, our bats did well tonight. Little by little, we are improving. »
The Gremlins placed Soumis in the pitching circle for Game 2, and that first inning was the only inning the Vikings scored. In fact, Soumis went on to knock out Baraga’s roster twice in two sets and recorded nine total Ks in the shortened five-set match.
The Gremlins take on the Hancock Bulldogs at 4 p.m. Thursday at Driving Park.
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