Saturday, March 30, 2013
Region play keeps clicking with the Fox Creek High School varsity softball team.
The Predators (8-7, 7-0 Region 4-A) could not have been much more dominant in their three region matchups this week. Against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Fox Creek won 18-1. Harley Muniz went 4-for-4, with two triples, a double and a single-to-plate four RBI. Betty Vignati and Hannah Culpepper both had three RBI and Brittney Cross and Summer Payne both had two RBIs.
Culpepper also picked up the win, pitching four of the five innings.
In a doubleheader against Blackville-Hilda, the Predators won 12-1 and 11-4. In the first game, Nicole Gibson hit her first career home run. Morgan Matthews plated four RBIs, while Muniz and Culpepper both had two. Stefanie Bloedel picked up the win, pitching six innings with six strikeouts.
Gibson then hit her second career home run in the second game. Muniz and Culpepper both had three RBIs. Bloedel also picked up the win in the second game, striking out seven.
"The team is starting to gel a little bit, starting to come together," Fox Creek head coach David Bell said.
This week the Predators will be on the road against North in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday. On Thursday, Fox Creek will head to Williston-Elko in a week that features the Predators cycling back through their region opponents.
With the Predators cruising to the tune of seven straight region games scoring 11 or more runs, it's not that unimaginable that they may lose some focus.
"They saw early that they could go out and play with anybody, against teams like White Knoll," Bell said. "But they also saw we could get pummeled by anybody. It is hard when you're winning a lot of games, but they know what the prize is. At Fox Creek, we've been looking for a state championship for seven years in a team sport. The only state champion we've had is Brittany Gobat, and that was as an individual swimmer. Spring sports at Fox Creek have always been strong and have produced some good players who have gone a long way."But I think that they know that they want to compete for a state title," he said.
"We've worked pretty hard at practice, that new cage has helped us a lot. We push them in practice pretty hard, no matter if it's a big win or a loss. We can always find little things during the game that we need to get better at. If it was a close game, it could of cost us. We've got to constantly get better."