Prep softball: A great afternoon for the Trojans
WORTHINGTON — Aleanna Heig and Betsy Thompson homered, Carly Byrne threw a two-hit shutout, and the Worthington Trojans defense played errorless ball in a 17-0, five-inning softball victory over visiting St. James Monday afternoon.
It was a bright, sunny day. And there was plenty to smile about if you were a Trojans fan.
Start with Byrne, a junior right-hander who threw strikes consistently and kept Saints hitters off-stride with a slow, tantalizing change-up.
“Just throwing strikes and getting it in there. I know I’ve got the defense backing me up,” Byrne said after the game.
“That’s the key,” said her coach, Josh Wasmund. “if she can get ahead of hitters and keep people off-balance.”
Byrne, who walked two and struck out two, kept hitters off-balance Monday with a change-up that was seven shades of slow and tempting.
“This is the first time I’ve really tried it a lot in a game and it’s really worked well,” Byrne said.
“Even when you see it coming, it’s hard to lay off. It’s so slow,” Wasmund said.
For the Trojans, if anything could have been better than Byrne tossing a two-hitter, it might be the defense. The Trojans patrolled their positions confidently throughout.
“The thing that was nice to see today, the girls went after balls. They didn’t wait around and see if there was somebody else around to go get it,” Wasmund said.
Meanwhile, the bats boomed for WHS against St. James pitchers Julia Beckius and Nora Schmidt. Heig hit a solo home run over the left-field fence in a seven-run second inning and finished with two hits and two RBIs. Thompson belted a three-run homer over the left-field fence in a seven-run third inning and finished with two hits and five RBIs. Paige Kinley was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Brooke Henning was 3-for-4 and Rebecca Linder was 2-for-3.
The victory moved Worthington to 4-8 on the season.
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St. James 000 00 — 0 2 5
Worthington 177 2x — 17 15 0