Hauser softball coach Craig Sims knows he has been tough on his players this season, especially considering the Jets have faced an imposing schedule.
So after the Jets finished off a Brown County Invitational title with an 8-4 win over the host Eagles on Saturday at Eagle Park, Sims gave his players plenty of time to be silly and soak in a championship.
“We have struggled against good teams,” Sims said. “I have been hard on our pitchers. I have been hard on our team.
“But today, we put it all together.”
The day started when Hauser defeated Columbus North 6-1 to earn the title game berth.
“Beating North is a huge victory for us,” Sims said. “Sidney Giles really stepped up for us today.”
Giles pitched a complete game against North and all but three outs of the victory against the Eagles.
“I think all our players picked each other up,” Sims said. “It has been a lot of work, so this was a great day.”
Brown County broke on top 1-0 in the second inning of the title game as Dakota Anderson scored from second on a wild pitch when Hauser catcher Ellie Trotter couldn’t locate the ball.
However, the Jets scored three runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI fielder’s choice by Kali Schumacher and a two-run single by Sarah Anderson.
The Eagles scored a run in the third on Ashley Walsh’s triple and a Hauser error to cut the lead to 3-2.
Hauser kept the pressure on with a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth. Anderson scored on an error in the fourth while the Jets, who are 5-3, picked up RBI singles from Schumacher and Abby Kidwell along with another run by an error.
Leslie Sims scored the final Hauser run by singling, stealing second and scoring when Brown County couldn’t handle Hailey Lange’s smash to the outfield.
The Eagles, 2-3, picked up a pair of too-little, too-late runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Rachel Smith and an RBI double by Sarah Southerland.
“They played solid fundamental softball all day,” Brown County coach Ron McDonald said of Hauser. “I had some kids playing new positions, and we’re just trying to find our way.”
Columbus North also appears to be a team trying to find its way after the loss to Hauser in the first game. The Bull Dogs did bounce back with a 6-3 win over Brownstown in the consolation game.
Christine Bombardiere picked up the win on the mound in North’s win and she also had a double.
North catcher Tommi Stowers had three extra-base hits on the day as she doubled against Hauser and had a double and a triple against Brownstown.