Typically in a softball game that is decided by eight runs, it is hard to justify a couple of key hits could have changed the game. But that was the case Friday as the Windsor High School softball team lost 11-3 to Berthoud.
Despite the lopsided score, the Wizards finished the game with only two fewer hits than Berthoud. The difference was timely hitting.
Berthoud hit two home runs, each with a runner on base and managed to turn 13 hits into 11 runs.
While Berthoud was able to tack on runs almost every chance it got, Windsor did not use its opportunities. The Wizards had at least two runners on base in each of the first four innings but could only muster two runs as Berthoud pitcher Victoria Plichino got key outs.
“Victoria came through big,” Spartans coach Teresa Alba said. “It took her a couple of innings to get warmed up, but once she got comfortable in that circle she started throwing hard and hitting her spots and really making Windsor hit balls on the ground and get outs. She did a really good job, especially when it was key.”
The lack of key hits is a concern that needs quick remedy, Windsor coach Sandi Cummings said. In a loss on Tuesday in the first game of the season, the Wizards left the bases loaded three times.
“They just need to not leave so many runners on base, they need to execute, get runners on and string some stuff together,” Cummings said.
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