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Blue Dogs cruise past Red Devils in softball

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Columbus North’s softball team wasted no time at the plate Tuesday night at home, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings and rolling to a 12-0, five-inning victory against Pike.

“I wanted to see us be more aggressive at the plate than we have been, and I feel like I saw that tonight,” North coach Jerry Burton said. “It is all about coming focused and ready to play.”

Freshman leadoff hitter Katie Prall did her job for the Bull Dogs (11-4, 1-1), getting on base with a single in the first and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Kelsay Lucas to get North on the board.

Prall went 3 for 3, while Lucas went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.

Lucas was in the circle for North, backing up a strong offensive effort with six strikeouts and only five hits allowed.

“Kelsay did a good job for us tonight,” Burton said. “She continues to do what we need her to do.”

Lucas did just that when Pike loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, down 10-0.

Following two singles and a walk, Lucas struck out one and forced a pop fly to put the pressure on Pike.

North then threw out Pike sophomore McKenzi Sidor at home plate, ending the inning.

Pike stranded runners on base in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

“With as many games as we have in a season, it is unrealistic to think that we will come out here and display our absolute best every single game,” Burton said. “It is just about keeping focus and doing what we need to do, and we did that tonight.”

North posted 17 hits, three of those being doubles. Senior Alex Whirley went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs, while junior Molly Crowe added a double.

Denisa Brooks, Christine Bombardiere, Tommi Stowers and Michelle Litchfield each notched two singles.

Pike pitcher Melanie Baumgart went 2 for 2, while Lauren Baker, Mackenzie Norris and McKenzi Sidor each added a single for the Red Devils.

Burton emphasized the importance of a strong practice today in preparation for North’s Conference Indiana matchup on Thursday at Perry Meridian.

“We have to win that game to have a chance of winning the conference,” Burton said. “We need to remember to stay focused and continue to come out strong from the start of the game.”

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