MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete softball team went 2-1 last week, with their wins coming by an average score of 11-3.
The Lady Hawks (10-7, 4-3 in Region 14) beat Delta 11-1 Tuesday, April 20. North Sanpete’s 11 runs came on just eight hits and Heather Howarth pitched a one-run game.
“Heather Howarth has been very consistent for us this season in the circle and she did a great job of keeping Delta to just the one run,” Lady Hawks Coach Landon Bailey said.
Lexie Green and Jada Bailey drove in in four and three runs, respectively, and Emily Strait scored three runs.
“This was a good win for us,” Bailey said. “Our defense was good, and pitching was solid and we did enough offensively to get the win.”
In North Sanpete’s 6-1 loss Wednesday to Maple Mountain, Lady Hawks star Graciee Christiansen went to the hospital due to a concussion. She is expected to be out for at least a week, Bailey said Monday, five days after Christiansen’s injury.
In the game Christiansen collided with her catcher teammate while going after the ball.
“The play with Graciee was a scary one that you never want to see in softball,” Bailey said. “She is obviously a huge part of our team, so we will need our entire team to step it up to make up for [her] absence.”
Bailey said that “For whatever reason, [North Sanpete] just couldn’t get going offensively against Maple Mountain.”
“Their pitcher [Ellie Jackson] did a great job of keeping us off balance and we just didn’t figure her out,” Bailey said. “This was by far one of our weakest games offensively and hopefully we can learn from it and do better going forward.”
Bailey called the Lady Hawks’ 11-5 win Friday over Juab “a win that (North Sanpete) really needed.”
“We had been really struggling with hitting and scoring runs so this game was a big one for us,” Bailey said. “We came out much more focused.”
Seven Lady Hawks combined for their 11 runs.
“The entire team hit much better and we were able to score some runs,” Bailey said. “We finally had some big hits when we needed them and we didn’t leave near as many runners on base as we have in other games.”
North Sanpete enjoyed a six-run fourth inning and Indigo North and Lucy Oldroyd drove in four and three RBIs, respectively.
Juab hits the ball really well, Bailey explained, adding that his team’s pitching and defense did a great job of slowing down the Lady Wasps.
“It was a great win that hopefully gives us some confidence going forward and we will able to continue scoring runs,” he said.