With just one senior on the team and a sophomore pitcher throwing 90 percent of the time, one might not think Hume-Fogg was set up for success.
To the contrary, the Blue Knights took over first place in the District 10-AA race with an impressive 10-5 win over host Lipscomb High on Monday afternoon at Burton Field.
Sophia Plummer, the lone senior, had two hits, including a game-breaking three-run triple, which backed up sophomore Maggie Bates’ seven-hitter. It gave Hume-Fogg a 6-0 league record (9-8 overall). Lipscomb dropped to 7-4 and 6-1.
“I’ve played with some of their (Lipscomb’s) girls in rec league, and it was kind of exciting to be able to compete against them and come to their field and get a win,” Plummer who went 2-for-4 with four RBIs in an 11-hit attack, said. “We came over here with more of a purpose, not just going through the motions fielding grounders in practice, but keeping our heads up and being on top of things the whole game.
“As for being the only senior, I’m certainly not the only one leading the way.We have a lot of juniors helping in that area as well.”
Lipscomb jumped in front 2-0 on Kate Taylor’s RBI single and a wild pitch. But the Knights stormed right back and took the lead with a three-run second, keyed by RBI hits by Shannon Smiley and Hope Arent.
Hume-Fogg sent 10 batters to the plate and broke it open with a six-run third, giving them a 9-2 lead. The frame was highlighted by Plummer’s big hit, along with RBIs by Tara Ray, Leah Anderson and an error.
The 11-hit attack proved plenty for Bates, who scattered seven hits and allowed only one run after the third.
“We just came over here and played hard,” Bates (8-8), who pitched behind lefty Danielle Parker last year as a freshman, said. “This was one of my better games.”
Shannon Smiley had three hits, while Emily Saad, Plummer and Anderson all had two each.
It was a nice day all around for Hume-Fogg. Freshman Samantha Thorpe celebrated her 15th birthday with post-game cupcakes for her teammates.
“Maggie kept the ball down, and she didn’t get tired at the end like she does sometimes,” coach Mike Caldwell said. “Overall we hit the ball pretty well.”
Five errors and some outfield miscues contributed to Lipscomb’s downfall.
“Our outfield fell apart,” Lipscomb coach Gary Davis said. “We haven’t been tested out there much before (Monday), and good teams like Hume-Fogg hit the ball into the outfield, and we had some real problems there.
“Give Hume-Fogg credit, they came over here, hit the ball well and they beat us. It seems they always play well over here.”
Lydia Biggerstaff went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs and Lauren Bonte was 2-for-3 with a walk for Lipscomb, which got only three hits off Bates after the fourth inning.
Only three batters struck out the entire game, unusual for softball, with Lipscomb’s only one coming on the final out.
The two teams meet again April 27 at Hume-Fogg.