After trailing Ascension Christian 2-0 on the home field in the opening innings last week, sophomore pitcher Julia Beck and the Ascension Catholic High softball team (13-4, 4-0) pumped the brakes and changed directions. After allowing two hits and one earned run, Beck would end the game with 14 strikeouts to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 12-2 win.
Head coach Brandy Hahn said when Beck is pitching like that the team is tough to beat.
“For five innings and 14 strikeouts, Julia is a rock,” Hahn said. “She’s rock solid. We’re typically going to see that from her.”
“Our defense is playing very well behind her and I like the way we’re meshing together right now.”
Once the bats starting flying for the Lady Bulldogs, Beck would respond on the mound also allowing no walks in her performance.
“We made some adjustments at the plate and we started putting some hits together,” Hahn said.
At the plate, junior Aimee Prejeant went 3-3 and recorded to double-base hits. Sophomore Rae’Shaun Malancon knocked out a homerun and brought in five runs batted in during her three at bats.
Hahn said the team is coming along really well with its hitting.
“We know we have to score runs to win,” Hahn said. “They’re gaining more confidence everyday at the plate and it’s becoming more evident every time we play.”
Ascension Christian brought an early scare to the Lady Bulldogs, and earlier in the week St. John had brought a late game scare. However, Hahn said her team didn’t panic, coming out of both games with wins to remain unbeaten in 8-1A district play.
“We knew the hits were going to come and we made some adjustments at the plate again and we just started putting hits together without putting pressure on themselves,” Hahn said.
“They’re learning how to not put pressure on themselves and just allow their talent to come through.”