The Delta Girls High School Softball team completed a successful road trip during the Annual Rally in the Valley Tournament down in the Wasilla/Palmer area last week. The Huskies finished the tournament 4-1 – good enough for third place. The Huskies shook off a slow start that saw them lose their opener 12-4 to eventual tournament champion Colony High School who finished 5-0.
When asked about his team’s performance Coach Lester had this to say “I would like to have that Colony game back our defense was ugly that game. I think if we would have played them after we got our feet wet with a couple games against the other teams first, we could have had a better showing.”
As for the rest of the tournament Coach Lester said that his team came back from the opening loss and played the kind of ball “I know they are capable of playing.”
From a team building perspective the trip made us a stronger, closer team that is poised to use the momentum gained from the showing at the tourney to finish the rest of the season strong.
“Our goal this season is still to win our conference first, punch our ticket to State, and after that hopefully we will be playing our best softball by the end of the season with a chance to win it all.”
In all four of the wins there was contributions from every part of the Husky lineup both offensively and defensively.
In game one the Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning before the defense came apart with several errors and Colony capitalized outscoring the Huskies 12-1 to take the opening game of the tournament 12-4.
Game two matched the Huskies against a regular appoint in the Fairbanks Monroe team. A much-improved Monroe team was giving the Huskies all they could handle as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but a big third inning highlighted by a bases clearing inside the park home run from Junior Alyssa Hooton capped off an eight-run explosion. The Huskies, behind Freshman pitcher Zoe Moore, held on to beat Monroe 10-3.
Senior Jocelyn Williams got her first start of the season in game three for the Huskies and looked solid in a tight contest with Palmer. Senior Emily Bevard and Freshman Lourdes Lester started the game with back to back hits before eighth grader Grace White cleared the bases with an inside the park home run. The Huskies tacked on a few more runs before pitching and solid team defense did the rest to preserve the victory 9-8 over Palmer.
In the final game of the second day of the tournament the Huskies, behind a strong pitching effort from Junior Alyssa Hooton and an explosive offense beat Wasilla 14-3. A big eight run second inning saw the top of the lineup with Senior Emily Bevard and Freshman Lourdes Lester connect on back to back hits, followed by a walk to Jocelyn Williams. Alyssa Hooton helped herself with a single to drive in a couple runs and the flood gates were open. Hits from Mersades Owen, Grace White, Nevaeh Glass, and C.C. Folliard brought the rest of the runs in and another big inning from the entire lineup added five more runs in the third inning to seal the victory.
The Huskies finished up the tournament in what was probably the craziest game of the tournament for the Huskies with a 12-run explosion in extra innings to propel the Huskies with the win16-4. Senior Jocelyn Williams and Junior Alyssa Hooton combined to hold Homer in check in a game where runs were hard to come by early as Homer led 4-2 when the Huskies came up in the top of the fifth. Hits from Freshman C.C. Folliard and Senior Emily Bevard got the tying runs on base and a run scoring fielder’s choice from Freshman Lourdes Lester brought Bevard in to tie the game at 4-4 as time expired. Homer got the winning run as close as third base before Hooton struck out a batter followed by fly ball outs to outfielders C.C. Folliard and Lourdes Lester sent the Huskies back in with a chance to take the lead. A big RBI hit by Mersades Owen followed by a Grace White single then setup a perfectly executed bunt by Freshman Zoe Moore that led to a throwing error that cleared the bases and by the time the rest of the lineup came up with more big hits including Jocelyn Williams with a double to bring in two runs and a shot from Neveah Glass that barely missed going over the fence the Huskies had scored 12 runs in the inning. Seniors Emily Bevard and Jocelyn Williams led the way with three hits each in the game.
The Huskies season continues with games against Lathrop and Hutchinson before a big showdown with conference rival North Pole who also looked strong during the tournament.