5/9/2013 11:07:00 AM No clutch hitting for CFHS softball
by Mike Dalton
A lack of clutch hitting has plagued the CFHS softball team so far this season.
On Monday, April 29, the Bombers traveled to Hayfield, losing 9-2. Their doom was sealed in the 5th when, with the game tied 1-1, they loaded the bases with nobody out but failed to push in the go-ahead run. Hayfield scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. Gabby Heckmann pitched well for most of the game, recording nine strikeouts. She had a tough 6th inning, giving up seven hits.
Becca Vandenheuvel was the star on offense, going 3-3. Amber Davis and Brooke Peters each had one hit.
Junior Lydia Franken saw her first action of the season the following day, recording 10 strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to Byron. One costly error allowed the Bears to score.
Vandenheuvel, Heckmann and Peters each had one hit. "It wasn't the lack of defense, but rather a lack of offense," coach Michael Gunderson said. "Our inexperienced crew must make quick adjustments at the plate for us to be competitive. The attitude has remained high."
Again, missed opportunities hurt the Bombers Monday night at Lourdes in a 4-0 loss.
Lourdes scored three in the 1st. Cannon had several opportunities to score but couldn't get a hit at the right moment. "It was one of those days in which several hard-hit balls ended up as outs," said Gunderson.
Anna Rapp, Franken, Heckmann, Peters and Kaylyn Nygaard each had a hit. "My girls need to realize that there is little wiggle-room for errors," Gunderson said. "Two of Lourdes' runs were unearned. We must clean up our defense and continue hitting the ball hard."
The girls were at Kasson Tuesday. They are at LaCrescent Wednesday, host Pine Island Thursday, go to Kenyon Friday, host their annual tournament Saturday, then go to Triton on Monday and Lake City on Tuesday, May 14.