High school softball: Andy Hancock handcuffs Logan on 1 hit while Bonneville's bats boom
LOGAN — When you've got a pitcher who can throw a softball like Bonneville's Andy Hancock can, plus a bunch of girls who know how to hit the ball real hard, and you're going up against a last-place opponent, whadda ya get?
A lopsided game like Tuesday's 15-1 victory over Logan, that's what.
Hancock allowed only one hit, one walk and struck out 11 Logan batters in Tuesday's Region 5 matchup, which was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule, and the Lakers banged out a half-dozen doubles to maintain their hold on the league lead by blasting the Grizzlies.
Hancock, a senior right-hander, ran her season record to a glistening 16-1 and helped her own cause at the plate with three hits, including a two-run double during Bonneville's seven-run outburst in the fourth inning.
"Hitting's always fun as long as you're on, and pitching's always fun as long as you're on," said Hancock, who finished with a flourish by striking out the side in the final inning.
"We're having so much fun, so much fun. It's always fun when you have a team where you can tease each other and give constructive criticism. That's really, really important on a team, and we can do that — I love that about our team. It's so much fun."
The only hit Hancock gave up was a leadoff triple in the third inning, accounting for the lone run for Logan (0-9 Region 5, 1-10 overall), as the Grizzlies runner came home on a throwing error by Hancock.
"She had a really good hit," Hancock said with a shrug and a laugh. "That's softball. They'll get hits, you just have to get on to the next pitch and hope the next pitch is better."
Now 9-1 in Region 5 and 19-2 overall, the Lakers have won 11 straight and 16 of their last 17 games. And they've now outscored their last four opponents by a combined margin of 41-1.
"I think 4A is really tough this year," Hancock said, looking ahead to postseason play, "and I think that we can go in there and as long as we play like we know how to play, we can definitely compete and we can definitely go very far (in the state tournament). And I have faith in our team that we'll be able to do that."
Bonneville junior Mykel Davis smacked a pair of doubles and knocked in two runs, while Kajay Niebrugge had a two-run double. Abby Toller added two hits, including a double, and an RBI, and Brindi Jenkins drilled a three-run double to the center-field fence in the fourth frame when the Lakers broke it open.
"Our girls played well," Bonneville coach Brenda Hart said. "We defensed it well; we hit well; we came together as a team well. It was awesome. We were relaxed and we just kept hitting; it was great.
"We're having a good season, and I think it comes a lot with how well our girls get along. We're a team, not individuals. It's always fun when the girls get along."
And when you're 19-2, hey, these girls must be getting along really, really well.