Zephyr girls scoring runs
The Whitehall softball team’s offense is in high gear, powering this latest surge that’s produced a four-game winning streak.
Monday’s win over William Allen marked the third time they’ve reached double digits in runs over that four-game span. They’ve scored 42 runs during that streak, propelling them to a 7-2 record.
While the offensive numbers leap off the page, their pitching has been just as impressive. Their staff allowed just two runs during that stretch, with both of those runs coming in a 10-2 victory over Emmaus. Furthermore, no team has plated more than three runs against them over nine games.
On Monday they defeated the Canaries 15-0, and everyone played a role in getting that seventh win.
A big catalyst for the Zephs starts at the top of their lineup. Senior second baseman Meghan Hutter gets it all going and Monday’s win was no different. She finished with a single and a double, while also reaching base on an error. She scored three runs in the victory.
Hutter said that the key to remaining successful throughout the season is staying consistent and stringing hits together whenever they take the field. While these last four games have showcased how potent their bats are, Hutter knows that it’s something they have to bring to every game as they learned playing Parkland.
“It’s something we want to do better,” said Hutter.
Hutter said it’s something they can address during practice, simulating game situations to increase their patience and working together as a team to pick one another up.
She said that their games against the Trojans demonstrated their need to get hits in clutch situations as well as adjusting to different types of pitching. She said they did a better job in their second meeting, but couldn’t string enough hits together to get the victory. She said that’s improved over the last four games as they’ve been on a tear offensively.
Kendra Fox started against the Canaries and Hutter said that it’s important that their pitchers know that they have a strong supporting cast behind them when they’re in the circle.
“It’s important for them to know that we can do it all together and make the outs so she doesn’t have to do it all herself,” said Hutter.
Fox was on her game during her three innings of work, giving way to Lennon Dreisbach who shut the door as well against Allen.
Head coach Blake Morgan said that Fox has been throwing a lot of innings. He said that they look as Fox as someone who’s able to take the ball and get people out.
“We’re thankful for her,” he said.
After picking up the win against Allen, a team that continues to battle, he said that they’ve had a good season so far. He’s hopeful their success can continue, not only in terms of on the field, but with the health and safety of everyone involved.
“If everybody stays healthy and keeps getting better, we’ll see how far we can go,” said Morgan.
Morgan said that they took care of business against the Canaries, noting that they ran the bases well, made solid contact, and that they mentally stayed in the game.
Earlier this season they dropped back-to-back games against Parkland. Hutter hasn’t been able to beat the Trojans during her career and believes that it’s become a mostly mental obstacle.
“I feel like we want to win so badly, and we have a lot of energy and we come prepared and ready to play our best, but it’s always tough,” said Hutter,
She said that they possess strong pitching, and if they’re not successful right away, it may get in their heads a little bit.
“We just have to calm that down,” she said.
Morgan knows firsthand about Parkland having coached the Trojans. In fact, the entire staff has coached with that program during state titles, and believes that some of it’s the “mystique,” which is underscored by first being a good team. He said that when he took over the Zephyrs program they were a young team, and while they hit the ball well against then in their second meeting this season, Parkland was able to get the hits when they needed them.
He believes they have the ability to beat the Trojans, and believes his team must look past playing the uniform and stick to those players inside the uniforms.
“If they can just make it a game and forget about all that other stuff, then we’ll see what happens,” said Morgan.
Their eagerness to defeat the Trojans may be getting in the way of how they perform on the field, whether its being surrounded by championship banners when they play at Parkland, or just trying to do too much, it all comes down to focusing on what they need to accomplish.
“If we handle our business, and don’t worry about their business, then we’ll be OK,” Morgan said,
Hutter believes that they have the talent to go really far this season. As Morgan has often noted, they look at the season in sections, and right now they’ve been producing in this portion of the season. They’ll have to continue to progress to achieve success when the postseason arrives.