May 3rd, 2018

Butler blows past checked-out Rockets

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Butler blows past checked-out Rockets
Assumption's Maggie Metzger blasts her double off the wall for her team lone hit of the game / photo by Conor Revell

Assumption’s 21st-ranked softball team may have physically been at the Assumption Greens, but was mentally clocked out elsewhere.

In what was a matchup of two top 25 teams, 18th-ranked Butler smoked the host Rockets 12-1 in six innings Thursday night.

“We decided to show up to the softball field and not do our job today,” Assumption head coach Lisa Pinkston said. “That’s exactly what happened. I asked them what their parent’s jobs were. One said a police officer, another one said her mom is an attorney, another one said my dad works at Ford on the assembly line.

“I asked them what would happen if their parents decided to not do their job today. Guess what, trucks wouldn’t be built, insurance claims wouldn’t be filed, people’s lives – they would die. So there ability to show up to the softball field and not get the job done is why you saw a score of 12-1. That’s what it was – we did not do our job today.”

The Bearettes (14-7) trailed 1-0 after one inning, but scored a run in the second to tie it, five in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth.

“Butler is a well-coached team,” Brittany (Braun) is an excellent coach,” Pinkston said. “Her teams show up and they play. They’re scrappy. They play hard. They have an extremely young team.”

Assumption (15-9) made four errors and Butler scored three runs off of those, two on wild pitches, and one on a passed ball.

“I think it was a 100 percent lack of focus,” Pinkston said. “Last night we got 14 hits against a top 10 team (Floyd Central) in Indiana. We show up today and get one run and one hit against a freshman pitcher and an eighth grade pitcher. It’s a lack of focus and a lack of ability to get the job done. It’s my job to prepare them and I didn’t do my job tonight.”

Butler recorded 12 hits. Courtney Abbott led the way with two hits and two runs batted in, Katie Templeman had three hits including a solo homer, Alyssa Brock had two hits and an RBI, Anna Greenwell had reached base four times and had two hits, Kennedi Thompson reached base twice and had one hit and one run batted in, Kyndall Tinnell and Erin Templeman both recorded one hit, and Sadie Werner drove in a run.

The Rockets got their lone run in the first. Maggie Metzger was plunked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Maranda Thomas’ grounder.

Metzger also had a double that bounced off the wall for Assumption’s lone hit in the third inning.

“As much as I am frustrated right now, this team has had a really remarkable season,” Pinkston said. “I think it’s one of those moments – it’s a gut check – we have to stay focused. We can’t just show up, we have to get the job done. I think this is one of those wake up calls.”

Werner started in the circle for the Bearettes and allowed one run, one hit, struck out one, walked one, and plunked two. Maria Peguero tossed two hitless shutout innings and walked one.

Olivia Casey started for Assumption in the circle and gave up six runs, five hits, and walked two in 2 &1/3 innings. Caroline Weickel threw 3 & 2/3 innings and allowed six runs, seven hits, walked one, and plunked one. 

 

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