MT. PLEASANT—Up until this last week, the Lady Hawks averaged less than six runs per game, but things may have changed for them in a big way.
North Sanpete softball averaged 16 runs per game in three games last week as they extended their winning streak to four games, dominating Judge Memorial, 25-0, last Monday, then sweeping Union, 12-3 on Tuesday and 11-4 on Thursday. The Lady Hawks moved their overall record to 8-13 with a 3-3 record in Region 14.
“Our team has been working very hard on our hitting,” Coach Landon Bailey said. “The girls’ hard work is starting to pay off. We hope we will be able to continue to score runs and put pressure on the teams that we are playing.”
North Sanpete took three innings to blow the doors off Judge Memorial, whom Bailey described as “a young team” that is still putting their program together. “Our girls played well against them and that helped us get some momentum for the region games that we played last week,” he said.
The Lady Hawks got up, 15-0, by the time the first inning had passed. Sophomore Dally Bailey hit a home run while the batting lineup combined to hit eight doubles and collect 20 hits. Nine different players scored at least one RBI as senior Jada Bailey, juniors Bree Allred and Emily Strait, and Dally Bailey each scored three RBI.
Against Union, North Sanpete’s batting continued to shine as they racked up 12 hits, including a home run from sophomore Indigo North, propelling the Lady Hawks to a 9-0 lead after three innings. Sophomore Paeton Johnson pitched nine strikeouts in a solid showing. North and Dally Bailey each led with four RBI.
North again led the Lady Hawks in the second game with three RBI, but it took a little longer for them to get in gear this time around as Union sported the initial lead, 3-0, heading into the third inning. At the top of the third, the Lady Hawks raced back and made up for lost time with an eight-run inning to convincingly retake the lead. The team collected 17 total hits with only two strikeouts, including a home run from junior Lucy Oldroyd. Johnson again owned the pitching mound, allowing only one hit while pitching six strikeouts in five innings.
North Sanpete hosted Grand County in non-region play last Monday after press time, and they play Delta on the road this Tuesday. They’ll then be on the road against Emery this Thursday.