SOFTBALL: Bats come alive as Boilers pound Homewood-Flossmoor
BOURBONNAIS — In order to see a glimpse of the sun, sometimes you have to go through the rain first.
Bradley-Bourbonnais stumbled out of the gates to start the season, but this might have been the week it needed.
Despite being the away team, the Boilers had the fortune on Friday to play on its home field and took full advantage with a 10-3 victory against Homewood-Flossmoor, marking their third straight victory.
“We had a little bit of a slow start in the beginning, but we did what we were supposed to do for the most part,” Bradley-Bourbonnais coach Haylee Beck said. “We’ve talked a lot about making adjustments and the soon you make them, the better off you’ll be. We started making our adjustments around the fourth inning instead of the fifth, sixth or seventh, which was a great thing to see.”
Over 200 feet
Being the away team, the Boilers took full advantage and drew first blood as Liz Schriner ripped an RBI single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
Schriner was just getting started, but it was Julia Drake who started the party.
Drake lead off the top of the second and wasted no time as she sent a towering bomb over the center field fence for a 2-0 Boiler lead.
“That started everything and it got me fired up,” Schriner said of Drake’s blast. “Seeing her have the success she’s had really gives myself and the team motivation to be better and back her up with ever more hits.”
Schriner stepped back to the dish three innings later after the Boilers pushed their lead to 4-0 after a fielding error and an Alex Benoit single.
She worked the count, waited on her pitch and sent a moonshot over the center field fence for a 6-0 lead.
“I’m more of a pull hitter, and because I was facing a spin pitcher I was looking for an inside pitch,” Schriner said. “She gave me a fastball right down the middle so I took my swing and hit it.”
She came back up in the top of the seventh with the Boilers ahead 7-0 after an A.J. Talbot RBI groundout.
While she admitted she lays off the outside pitches, she couldn’t do so this time and sent a high, towering drive over center field again for an 8-0 lead.
“It was a different pitcher, and I noticed that she was throwing more outside pitches,” Schriner said. “I knew I had to extend out a little more and it worked out.”
Fully in sync
Now that the Boilers are completely healthy and playing comfortable, the pitching has been spot on.
Tuesday against Reed-Custer, it was Sam Lagesse with a dominant showing. Thursday against Stagg, it was Kennedi Pepin hurling a complete game shutout for the win.
They went back to their ace, Evey Evans for this one and she seemed back to her old self once again.
She mixed her pitches and hit her spots more accurately. More then anything, she was comfortable in the circle and her defense showed complete trust in her.
The junior rewarded their trust was a complete game, allowing three earned runs and striking out five batters on the day for the win.
“Evey will be the first to tell you that she hasn’t started how she’s wanted to, but she’s remained positive through everything,” Beck said. “She’s stayed intense, wanting every pitch and attacking the batters which is what you want to see. It was great to see her have the outing she did.”
Schriner finished 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead the Boilers at the dish.
Drake went 3-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBIs, and Benoit and Pepin added an RBI each.
Bradley-Bourbonnais is back at it again today at home with a doubleheader against T.F. South.