PERU — The St. Bede Lady Bruins got back to the basics Monday night at the Academy - see the ball, get a good pitch and hit it
The Lady Bruins rode that gameplan to near perfection, defeating rival Hall 8-0 on the Bedan diamond.
“We’ve been focusing on swinging at the right pitches. The girls have been pretty anxious, especially the ones who are the bigger hitters. Just wait a little bit, get your pitch and get a good swing on it. I think that’s what happened in the first inning,” said SBA coach Bill Prokup.
Senior Abby Milus, who Prokup referred to his super senior, had three hits to lead the way. She said the Lady Bruins seem to be in a good groove at the plate, especially when it counts the most
“I think we’re pretty good at focusing, knowing when we need to get the runs,” she said. “We don’t like to leave runners on base. Even with two strikes, two outs, people really focus up and that’s when we get most of our hits.”
The Lady Bruins (7-5) went to work right away, scoring three runs on three hits in the first inning all with two outs. Pitcher Lainie Schweickert walked, Mo Dean doubled and Milus drove them both home with a base hit. Hannah Sons plated Milus with a double to make it 3-0.
Stevie Fisher got things going in the second inning with a triple to right-center. She scored on Stariha’s base hit.
St. Bede added three more runs in the third inning as Dean walked and Milus and Sons singled to load the bases. Barbi Prokup followed up with a two-run single to right to score Dean and Milus. Slap-hitter Bethany Stravakas hit a grounder to first base and Sons beat the throw home to make it 7-0.
SBA scored its last run the fourth as Lainie Schweickert led off with a double and scored on a Sons groundout to third.
Schweickert lost her no-hit in the sixth inning when Hall senior Johnna Schultz belted a double. Schweickert struck out 12 and walked three. Prokup said the early lead helped the Lady Bruins’ ace relax and get in a good groove.
“It was a good game all around and a good win against a good team,” Milus said.