Wildcats softball keeps rolling
The South Summit High School softball team found itself in an unusual position on Monday afternoon against 3A Morgan in Oakley.
The 2A Wildcats, who had only lost one game all season, were only up by one run entering the second inning.
But they quickly jumped out to one of their signature double-digit leads, exploding for four runs in the bottom of the second and adding six more runs in the third en route to a 14-2 victory.
South Summit (16-1) got production from nearly everyone in the batting order. Abby Peterson hit a two-run home run in the third and added a ground-rule double in the fourth to provide most of the power for the Wildcats.
Natalie Nichols, who pitched four innings of one-run ball for South Summit, also contributed at the plate, picking up three singles and a double.
South Summit coach Cody Bowen said it’s nice to have a versatile player like Nichols leading the team.
"She’s done really well this year at mixing things up and throwing a lot of strikes," he said. "She’s an athlete on the pitcher’s mound too, which is nice."
Bowen added that he’s happy with the way his team performed against a tough opponent.
"I thought Morgan’s pitcher pitched really well," he said. "That’s why I try to schedule Morgan. It’s good for our girls to see good pitching."
And, he said, if the Wildcats can hit like that against a talented pitcher, there’s no telling how far they can go in the playoffs.
"I’ve been telling them, if they hit well, we’ll have a good shot at going far in the state tournament," he said. "If we’ll score a lot of runs and we play good defense and get good pitching, those are the ingredients of good softball."
Taylor Reidhead pitched the fifth inning in relief of Nichols. She allowed the first batter she faced to hit a home run before retiring the next three hitters on weak ground balls.
"Inevitably, you’re going to need another pitcher down at the state tournament," Bowen said. "So we’re trying to mix in a couple and see how it goes."
Overall, Bowen was pleased with the Wildcats’ dominance on Monday, but said there were still a couple things the team could work on.
"I always try to work on some bunting situations," he said, "because we’ll run into some really good pitching and we’ll need to move runners over at some point."
South Summit was back in action at home against Rowland Hall on Tuesday, after this issue went to press. The Wildcats will play again on Thursday at Summit Academy.
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