A bug has been circulating through the Columbus North girls softball team lately, and it’s quite contagious.
It’s called hitting.
The Bull Dogs (11-7) continued to build momentum toward the post season with a 10-0 victory against visiting Edinburgh on Monday.
Although Grayson Harney (five innings) and Kelsay Lucas (one inning) combined to pitch a three-hit shutout, offense was the main ingredient in the victory.
North, which won its fourth game in a row, has a lot of offense, and it’s getting even better.
Five different players drove in runs against the Lancers (5-6) with Lucas leading the way with four RBI. Lucas now has driven in a team-high 24 runs on the season.
Harney crushed a monster, two-run homer way over the center-field fence in the bottom of the third for North and just about every Bull Dog had some hand in the six-inning victory.
“Our new people who are playing varsity for the first time are starting to settle in,” said Katie Prall, who had a triple, double and single. “We’re kind of on a winning streak right now. We’re just clicking more, and it seems like we are getting out of the gate and putting pressure on people.”
North steadily built its lead against Bailey Woodall, a talented freshman who appears to be headed toward a big career with the Lancers. Monday was not her day, though.
Prall got the Bull Dogs going with a one-out triple in the first and Christine Bombardiere brought her across the plate with a single. Lucas knocked in her first run with a single and the Bull Dogs had a 2-0 lead.
Prall had an RBI double in the second, and Bombardiere added an RBI single for two more runs and a 4-0 lead after two.
North kept rolling with a two-run third as Harney smashed her homer.
Prall singled to start off the fourth, and Bombardiere doubled to set up Lucas’ sacrifice fly for a 7-0 lead.
Lucas’ two-run double in the sixth and an RBI fielder’s choice by Makayla Caudill ended the contest by the 10-run rule.
“We’ve always been a good offensive team,” Bombardiere said. “But it seems we’re more focused now.”
North coach Jerry Burton said he can see his offense making positive strides.
“We seem to be hitting the ball well up and down the lineup,” he said. “We were able to advance the runners and get the timely hit with two outs.”
Although the Bull Dogs were a big favorite in the game, they handled their business and kept the pressure on Edinburgh.
“The biggest thing for us is that we went out and played the game the way it is supposed to be played,” Burton said. “That’s easy to say and hard to do.”
Edinburgh, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped, never could get untracked offensively, getting its hits in three different innings. Kayli Littiken picked up a one-out double in the second but never even got to third base. Marissa Whitis had an infield single in the third and didn’t advance past first. Courtney Woodall had a bloop single in the fourth.
Courtney Woodall also reached on an error in the sixth, but quickly was erased on a double play.