Bishop Brossart softball refocuses for postseason goals

Bishop Brossart softball refocuses for postseason goals


Bishop Brossart softball refocuses for postseason goals


Brossart’s Riley Orth gets an out last year.

Brossart’s Riley Orth gets an out last year.

The Bishop Brossart High School softball team hopes to compete for the 10th Region championship when the postseason begins later this month.

The Mustangs got some valuable experience in the last weekend of April, competing in the All “A” Classic state tournament in Owensboro at the same complex that will host the KHSAA state finals in June. The 16-team tourney drew a lot of patrons for the big event.

“To see the kids get into a tournament of that magnitude was good with the crowd,” said head coach Tom Baynum. “You don’t get the same crowd with your normal games. I loved seeing the look in their eyes in that atmosphere.”

Rain delays hampered the tourney, which was originally set to have four-team pools, with the top two from each pool advancing to three rounds of single-elimination. Rain changed all that, and the Mustangs eventually lost to Hancock County in the semifinals, 11-0.

“They changed it to a two and out, but the way it ended was kind of tough,” Baynum said. “They dropped the loser’s bracket and the final four teams went one and out.”

Junior Riley Orth and senior Jordyn Boesch were selected to the all-tournament team. Orth plays centerfield and Boesch third base.

“Jordyn was solid defensively and so was Riley,” Baynum said. “Jordyn is playing a new position and she makes our team better. She had some key hits to get us through our first couple of victories. Riley covers a ton of ground. She’s fast and has a good arm, left-handed slap hitter. She had key hits and sacrifices for us.”

Baynum said the team played well.

“Our bats weren’t there,” he said. “We didn’t hit as well as we’re capable of, but our pitching and defense was solid. To win the games we won against the teams that we did was impressive. We were able to get it done with our pitching and defense.”

Brossart was 17-11 overall entering May, the most wins in the 10th Region, and 7-1 against regional opponents with the loss coming by a 5-4 count to Harrison County. The Mustangs will have the top seed in the 37th District Tournament and will play either Calvary Christian or Silver Grove in the semifinals.

Brossart will have several stern tests to end the regular season, starting at Ryle May 7. Brossart then plays Dixie Heights, Highlands and Conner in the final week.

“We just have to be more consistent in our hitting,” Baynum said. “Our bats have kind of went south. Defensively, we’re pretty solid. We’ll have our errors once in a while, but our defense is good enough to compete for the regional title. If our bats are alive, we’ll be a tough out.”

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