BATH TOWNSHIP – Bath’s softball team has been focusing a great deal on its hitting.
In Monday’s nonleague matchup with visiting Spencerville, Bath’s extra work paid off.
The Wildkittens pounded 13 base hits, en route to an 11-0 five-inning, run-rule victory over Spencerville.
With the win, Bath remains perfect on the season at 5-0. Spencerville slips to 0-5.
“We’ve been focusing on hitting a lot this week,” Bath head coach Britt Lauck said. “We’ve been focusing on being confident at the plate.”
Bath also got the job done in the pitching circle.
Bath’s two pitchers on Monday – Claire Foust and Shelby Marsteller – combined for the five-inning shutout.
Foust, a freshman, got the starting nod for Bath. The freshman right-hander worked three innings, before giving way to Marsteller in the fourth.
Foust scattered all three Spencerville hits, while striking out two and walking one. She threw a total of 43 pitches.
Marsteller fanned four and walked one in her two innings of work, while tossing 31 pitches.
Marsteller was in control.
After Marsteller walked the first batter she faced in the fourth, she then went on to retire the next six batters.
Lauck was pleased with both of her pitchers’ performances on Monday. She wanted to allow Foust to ease into the starting role.
“I just wanted her (Foust) to go in and be her. This was her first start for us,” Lauck said. “She did a great job. She came out strong, and they had a hard time of timing her up. So, we just mixed it up there at the end (with bringing in Marsteller).”
Lauck said she will be giving her pitchers plenty of opportunities this season.
“We really don’t have a (number) one or (number) two (pitcher),” Lauck said. “We’re giving Claire a lot more reps now. She’s getting comfortable with the varsity. If she keeps pitching like she did today, then she will probably see a lot more (opportunities).”
Foust also had a solid day at the plate, as she was 2 for 3 with two doubles and four RBI.
Foust closed out the game with a three-run double. In the big fifth inning, Bath scored five runs on five hits.
Elena Oliver went 3 for 3 and had two RBI for Bath. Teammate Rachel Clark went 2 for 4. Ruby Bolon (1 for 2) had a double that drove in two runs in the first inning for the Wildkittens.
Mallory Orick pitched all five innings for Spencerville. The junior right-hander struck out two and walked four.
Orick recorded Spencerville’s first hit of the night – a single to left field in the second inning.
Foust said her team made things a lot easier for her on Monday.
“We do pretty good at the plate. When we hit, it doesn’t put as much stress on you (as a pitcher),” Foust said.
Bath did not commit an error in Monday’s contest. Spencerville had two miscues on the field.
Added Lauck, “Good pitching typically leads to good defense. … We like that.”