WCA Fast Pitch Team Tops B-E to Run Winning Streak to 6
By Craig Olson - Barrett, MN
The West Central Area Knights Fast pitch softball team is 6-0 after a huge 11-6 win against Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday, April 11.
The Chargers grabbed an early lead of 2-0 after the first inning. During the second inning, WCA got their bats going, scoring 5 runs.
“It was great to see them smart in the box,” commented Head Coach Vanessa McNamara. “We talked before the game about hitting quality pitchers. The girls did a fabulous job of that. When we were patient at the plate, they had to throw us better pitches. Then, when they did, we hit the ball really well. I'm very proud of my girls for their batting today.”
Both offenses were strong at the plate as WCAcollected ten hits and Brandon/Evansville nine. B-E scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning, but WCA answered back scoring runs each additional inning of the game.
Ellie Herman, Hailey Bennett, Izzy Wittbrodt and Brianna Kreft each had multiple hits for WCA.
“Defensively, we still have a lot to clean up,” noted McNamara. “We made far too many errors in the field, some physical errors and some mental errors. It'll be great to get two practices in next week where we can really focus on some of these minor things that can play a huge role in the game. Ellie Herman had a solid night in the field making multiple catches deep in left with no errors. Hannah Anderson, our first baseman, also had a great game with many heads-up plays to help us seal the win.”
Brianna Kreft earned the win for WCA, throwing seven innings, allowing six runs, nine hits and striking out seven batters. “Knowing this team knew how to hit, we really tried to keep the ball off the center of the plate,” added Coach McNamara. “Brianna did a fabulous job hitting her spots and Morgan Sanstead, our catcher, didn't let a thing by her. This was our first game going 7 innings this year and it was great to see the girls fight until the end. Brandon Evansville is an incredible team and by far, this was the win to be most proud of this year. They had to dig deep every play of the game. It's great to see these 10 girls have it in them!”