HIGHLAND | All it took was one adjustment not enough high school softball players make at the plate.
Then again, Brenna Boyle isn’t your normal softball player in her fourth year of significant playing time, one of those years coming on a state championship squad.
After striking out looking in the first inning against Highland starter Brittany Fowler, Boyle told assistant coach Glenn Eisfelder: “I need to make an adjustment because she’s pitching me outside.”
So in the fourth inning she went with the pitch and blasted it to the opposite field for a home run. That was just part of Boyle’s contributions in a 7-0 win over the Trojans on Tuesday in Northwest Crossroads Conference play.
Boyle added a two-run double in the sixth, while striking out 14 in a complete-game shutout from the circle.
“She had a good all-around game,” Andrean coach Brooke Baker-Runyon said. “She controlled the hitters at the plate.”
Boyle’s first seven outs recorded were strikeouts and she only allowed three hits.
Runyon was also happy that the offense showed up after only scoring three runs in its last 16 innings.
The 59ers (7-4, 2-2) only scored one run in the second and third games of Saturday’s Crown Point Invitational, and scored two Monday in a game at Hobart that was stopped after two innings due to rain. And those two runs came without the benefit of a hit. So having four different players with multiple hits on Tuesday and eight of the nine hitters reach base at least once was a welcome sight.
“We either have everyone on or off,” Runyon said. “We feed off each other as a team and we proved that today with lots of different players contributing.”
Jess Adamczyk was 3-for-4 with a RBI, while Alyssa Dema and Madi Lesch each had two hits for the 59ers.
First-year Highland coach Sarah Funston sees some improvement from her team, but she was frustrated with the defense and lack off offense.
“That’s the first time we’ve been shut out,” she said. “We gave (Andrean) some runs today. We just didn’t make plays we should have made.”
Andrean’s three runs in the second were all unearned as the Trojans committed five total errors.
One bright spot for Highland (3-6, 2-3) was Jasmine Thomas relieving Fowler and striking out all four batters she faced.