Bobcats bounce Bison on Senior Night

Apr. 29, 2014 @ 11:16 PM

The Glenn softball team bounced back well with an outstanding all-around performance.

After a hard-fought loss Friday at Northwest Guilford, the Bobcats played very well at the plate and in the circle in defeating High Point Central 16-0 in three innings Tuesday on Senior Night at Glenn.

“This was a big boost,” Bobcats coach Gary Payne said, “because we felt we played great Friday night at Northwest Guilford and just came out on the short end of the stick. I felt like this was a great bounce-back game for us after a game like that. We did some great things.”

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Glenn (12-5, 7-2 Piedmont Triad 4A) – featuring seniors Ashley Hurd, Tracy Haynes, Caitlin Parker, Taylor Strassburg, Samantha Stilling and Liz Toler – scored nine runs in the first inning and seven in the second and tallied 15 hits for the game.

Haynes was 3 for 3 with two inside-the-park home runs, a triple and five RBIs, while Strassburg was 3 for 3 with a triple and an RBI. Toler was also 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and an RBI, while Hurd was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

“Most of us have played together the last four years, and we welcomed two new seniors last year,” said Haynes, a UNC Wilmington signee. “So, it was nice to welcome them into our family with open arms. It was just good for us to bond tonight.

“We were just trying to be patient and not jump on it too quickly,” she said of the offense. “We were trying to get the best cuts in we could and not swing at bad pitches. And Karen pitched a great game. She was really in the zone tonight. So, that also helped.”

Karen Foley (12-5) did not allow a hit in three innings for Glenn, which is in second place behind Northwest after Friday’s 4-3 loss that would’ve tied for the conference lead. She struck out eight and walked three.

Taylor Martin, Madison Reece and Sydni Baker each walked for the Bison (4-10, 2-7 PTC), who’ve relied on the pitching of Elana Smith. Their lone offensive rally came in the second when it loaded the bases with two outs.

“I think we could’ve played better,” Central coach Kristin May said. “But there’s still a lot of improvement that’s still in our future. I think their pitcher did a good job. She worked hard, she throws hard, and she does a really good job. There’s not much more you can do. …

“Things have been OK,” she said of the season overall. “The girls are doing all right, but they can do better. They can always improve. But they’re working hard. They’re coming to practice; they’re doing what they need to do on the weekends. They’re trying.”

The Bobcats play again today at nonconference Central Davidson before visiting Ragsdale on Thursday in their PTC finale. The Bison host Southwest Guilford on Thursday, also their PTC finale. The PTC tournament will be the following week, with the semifinals and finals at Glenn.