Buntin drills school record 15th homer for Brentwood

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:00am

From books to bats, Amy Buntin seems to have all the right combinations for the Brentwood High softball team.

Having to come directly to her team’s Region 6-AAA softball game at McGavock from taking an advanced placement physics test on Monday, Buntin didn’t take long to get adjusted to her favorite sport.

Buntin drilled a two-run homer over the centerfield fence, capping a four-run Bruin second inning, snapping a 1-1 tie. It gave the Bruins a 5-1 lead and ignited an 8-2 win. It also gave her a school record 15th home run.

She went 3-for-4, scored twice and reached base all four times up. Her three RBI gives her 56 for the season and she also has a team-high 60 hits and is batting .575.

Brentwood (24-17) advances to the region finals Wednesday afternoon at district champ Ravenwood, which holds a 3-1 edge over the Bruins this season. Ravenwood trounced Hunters Lane 16-0 in its semifinal.

“I was just looking to hit the ball hard some place,’’ said Buntin who is a Notre Dame signee. “Anything to help the team win.’’

Asked about her hurried trip to the game after her placement test, Buntin said, “I just wanted my mother Karen to hurry and get me over here. It’s a good thing she’s a good driver,’’ she added, smiling.

“Amy is a super kid, she is so team-oriented,’’ said first-year coach Clint Finch. “She certainly played well, considering she had just gotten through that placement test.’’

Winning pitcher Rachel Harmon (21-15) pitched a seven-hitter, striking out seven and walking none and allowing just one earned run.

She got plenty of support from Buntin, while Carissa Schmittou, Ashley Rahrer, Kasey Smith and Kirerstan Stanley, along with Harmon herself, who all had two hits each in Brentwood’s 15-hit attack.

Leadoff batter Whit Christian also scored two runs, and Brentwood also stole seven bases, two each by Rahrer and Smith.

“The girls have made it very easy for me in my first year,’’ Finch said.

 “I knew they were going to hit the ball, they have so many good hitters in their lineup,’’ said McGavock Coach Mike Dennis whose team ended 18-7. “We fought hard, and I was proud of how our pitcher Keely Hunt hung in there. We’re very young, and I think we have a bright future.’’

After BHS grabbed a 1-0 lead, Kristy Charles led off the McGavock first with a line single and scored the tying run on Destiny Pastton’s RBI single. Patton had two hits to lead the Raiders.

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