Offense, defense come together for two softball wins

softballBy Jaime Thomas

The Golden Horde softball team is back on track coming off a double win last Thursday and Saturday, hitting at every opportunity.

“We were in a slump, but with the last two games the bats have come alive again,” Coach Katie Barber said.

In a non-league game on Saturday, the girls took off from the get-go and stayed ahead of Whitehall for a 14-1 win. Lauryn Zovistoski helped seal the win with a homerun and a single. And in a change from the usual order, she also took a turn at throwing and had five strikeouts.

“She does very well as shortstop, so it’s hard to get her on the mound,” Barber said.

Jordan Harrison and Amy Baker each had triples, and helped their team with two and three RBIs, respectively. Angela Vladyka contributed with a double and a single, and she drove in two runs. Hannah Bassett, who has been keeping her opponents at the bay from the mound through the season, drove three into home and hit a single.

For Whitehall, Brittney Putorti took home the loss with eight strikeouts.

This victory came two days after a 6-1 win over Cambridge.

Vladyka left no room for error with 10 strikeouts, and Jordan Harrison hit two singles and drove in one run.

Zovistoski and Bassett each contributed to the Horde’s win with a triple and a double, respectively. And Barber was pleased with Baker’s playing as well.

“Amy Baker had very good defensive games both Thursday and Saturday,” she said. She said she is proud of the girls as a team, and is ready to challenge the rest of the league for a second time.

“The beauty of this league is we get a second chance. I’m really looking forward to seeing those teams again,” she said.

The girls are now 5-3 in the league and 7-4 overall. They’ll go for round two against Tamarac on Tuesday.

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