The Juan Diego Soaring Eagles continued its magnificent opening to its season as it won 9-0 at home over the Alta Hawks (6-6) on Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles’ (8-1) bats were held silent until the fourth inning when they suddenly came alive scoring four runs in the inning. Alyssa Brusatto’s double and the help of an Alta fielding error led to the first run of the game. Starting pitcher, Maddie Davis, came up one batter later and promptly doubled in two more runs. Then, center-fielder Melanie Mecham followed up with an RBI ground-out to bring in the final run of the inning which put the Eagles up 4-0.
“Kept fighting, kept pushing, that’s what they’ve been doing. This is softball, just the drop of a dime, anything can happen,” said Juan Diego head coach Paul Archuleta about his team’s big outburst. “We’re starting to believe a little bit more, we’re starting to put it more and more together, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Davis, a senior, is back on the field playing softball after sitting out last season due to her transfer from Riverton High. Davis is trying to make up from lost time as she went the distance for the complete game shutout.
Davis was particularly complementary of the team's defense in helping her go the distance.
“I like to keep my junk ball pitches going and I don’t throw a fastball, so everything’s just down and up,” said Davis about her performance. “My defense has my back, it’s not me that’s doing it, and I just trust my teammates and expect them to always have my back.”
Juan Diego continued its offensive output in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth, the Eagles received a two-run double from shortstop Jaici Bishop to put them up 6-0.
In the following inning, Juan Diego scored three straight runs getting an RBI from three consecutive batters.
Right fielder, Alexis Cabey brought in a run with a single. Kat Sainbury then drove in another run with a single. Ciara Malloy finished off the scoring on the day with an RBI ground-out to go up 9-0 through six.
Alta made its only real threat in the first inning as it loaded the bases for first baseman Tori Brooks. Davis was able to put Brooks away with a strikeout.
“I just knew I was going to beat her," said Davis of the strikeout. "My mindset was, ‘I’m going to strike her out’ and I wasn’t going to let anyone score.”
Davis' complete game shutout gives Archuleta confidence in knowing his team always has a chance to win whenever Davis is on the mound.
“Having her on the mound is a blessing. She knows the game inside and out, she’s a hard worker, and having her on that mound, there is nobody better out there,” said Archuleta. “It’s a beginning, there’s still a long road ahead of us, we’re not satisfied and we’ll take one game and go to the next one.”
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