Beck’s 15 K’s gets AC softball to next round

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRon Talley
ACHS sophomore pitcher Julia Beck struck out 15 batters in the team’s first round playoff win against Highland Baptist Monday.

The no. 3 ACHS softball team gobbled up the no. 30 Highland Baptist Christian School 4-0 Monday led by sophomore pitcher Julia Beck’s 15 strikeouts in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs. Beck struck out the first 12 Highland Baptist batters before giving up the lone hit of the day, but continued to have her way on the mound.

"She was focused before the game," head coach Brandi Hahn said about Beck’s performance. "As long as we have a focused Julia Beck, we're going to have a solid circle."

Beck’s performance was backed with a solid defensive production that gave up no errors. Offensively the Lady Bulldogs recorded only five total hits, something Hahn felt could’ve been better.

"At this stage in the game, a win's a win," Hahn said. "Offensively, I feel as though we could've executed a whole lot more, but (Highland Baptist’s pitcher) kept our batters off-balance so credit to her."

After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Bulldogs finally got on the board in the second inning sparked by sophomore Rae’ Shaun Malancon. 

Malancon singled to center field to lead off the bottom of the second inning, stole a base and eventually made her way home off of the swing from senior Amy Gregoire.

In the third inning, the Lady Bulldogs scored two more runs and added a final run in the fourth inning.

The Lady Bulldogs will next travel to no. 19 Merryville on Saturday, April 26 for the second round matchup.