Goin’ all out

Freshman pitcher Julia Beck winds up to send a pitch to a batter in the first round playoff game at ACHS.

The no. 7 ACHS softball team won its first round playoff game against no. 26 Delhi Charter 8-2, led by freshman pitcher Julia Beck who had 13 strikeouts.

The Lady Bulldogs and Beck came out strong defensively sending the first three Delhi Charters back to the dugout to start the game with three batters up and three batters down and out. However when it was time ACHS to bat there were struggles there too.

“We had a little trouble at the beginning adjusting to their pitching because it was a little bit slower than what we’ve seen in the recent past,” Head coach Kirk Delatte said. “But a win is a win in the playoffs.”

The Lady Bulldogs got going in the bottom of the second inning when senior Deja Cutino was hit with a pitch and given a free base. She would later steal to her way to third base until Beck took the plate to connect with a pitch that sent the ball to left field and far enough for Cutino to score the first run of the game. From the point on the Lady Bulldogs never looked back.

“We pitched well, we played decent defense most of the time and as the game progressed we swung the bats a little better and I’m pleased with the way we played for the most part,” Delatte said.

ACHS’ defense only recorded one error, while Beck walked two batters and allowed five hits, including a home run over the center field fence in the top of the third inning.

“I don’t think she got worn out,” Delatte said about Beck. “I think they were kind of free swinging up there and I think she was staying in her realm.”

As far as Beck giving up a home run:

“That’ll happen every now and again.”

The team will play Merryville in the next round at home. The time has yet to be announced.