With two outs and a runner in second place in fifth, Keke Tol approached the plate. Fresh off the bench, the sophomore catcher dug up, looking at the first serve she saw as she came to the belt and over the middle. Tol made a big cut and drove the ball deep into the center field, where it flew off the top of the wall and flew out of the park, leaving the Michigan № 19 softball team on eight runs over North Carolina.
Tolla’s double shot completed the explosion at the plate, which has continued the trend since the end of the weekend invitation. As a result of the hot shots, “Wolverines” (10-5 in total) recorded victories in the rules in five halves, defeating Ilona (9-4) on Monday and Tar Hills (9-7) on Tuesday.
“We’re just finding ways to have fun with each other and have fun on the field,” said senior trapper Hannah Carson. “In the beginning, we tried very hard to see the results without focusing on our process. … Now we just stay in the moment, playing one serve. ”
Michigan came out of the gate against Phoenix, scoring six runs in the first two innings. Sophomore Sierra Kersten continued her hot streak with two strokes and four RBIs, and by the end of the fourth inning Wolverine had scored 11 runs. The offensive blast was too strong for Ilona, and despite three failures in the fifth, Michigan won by a run-up rule, 11-3.
When the bats erupted, the throwing headquarters continued to work quietly. Senior right-hander Alex Storako made three innings with one hit and won, while two freshmen gained more experience. Freshman right-hander and helpful player Anabel Vidra struck out all four beats she faced, and freshman right-hander Emerson Aiken got her first chance this year by giving up three runs for two-thirds of the half but closing the win.
“As I see them getting more innings, I think they look more comfortable,” said fifth-seeded Megan Bobien. “(Bucket) looked great, she was confident and she looked strong. (Aiken) had a great mood at her first opportunity and I thought she really endured it. ”
Faced with the UNC, Wolverines simply continued the trend. Suddenly the heinous offense swung aggressively again, jumping to the field early in the standings against Tar Heels freshman Lily Bekes. Meanwhile, the defense didn’t give Bekes much help, making four strikes with 3 UNC errors in the second inning, giving Michigan the lead in four series.
“We stayed focused on ourselves and used the mistakes of the other team as energy for us,” Carson said. “These North Carolina mistakes have prompted us to get people around the bases and take advantage of the opportunities that are given to us.”
Again, when the offense glowed, the serve held tight. Beaubien got a start, and although her strikeout step may not have been on – just recording one in the game – she found other ways to get out. After the beats of “Raamahi” completed the fifth inning of four rounds, Bobien in order left the side, finishing the result with two strokes and ending the triumph with a score of 8-0.
“I don’t really think about strikeout numbers,” Bobien said. “I detained people and let balls into the game that were not quality contact. They can clamp, they can strike out; in the end, it came out in my book. ”
Michigan took advantage of the weaker competition, winning 24 shots and 19 runs in two games and winning two.
At worst, those wins will bolster confidence at the start of the season. At best, they can be the beginning of offensive rejuvenation.