Fireworks might be coming a month early this Saturday.
In the Class 3A IHSAA Softball State Finals between Tri-West (22-4) and Yorktown (25-4), the offensive firepower of both squads could be on full display at 4:30 p.m. at Ben Davis High School.
Of the eight schools remaining in the four classes, the Bruins lead nearly every offensive statistical category and the Tigers are not far behind. Despite playing 26 games, tied for the lowest amount of all state finals teams, Tri-West has the most hits (352), most runs (278), best batting average (.431), and most runs scored per game (10.69).
They are also tied for third in home runs with 17.
“Coming by those runs might be a little more difficult, but I have all the confidence that my team will continue to hit the ball as well as they have all year,” Tri-West coach Stacey Rogers said.
Yorktown has the third most hits (307), runs (221), batting average (.357) and runs scored per game (7.62) of the eight teams. The Tigers have hit 26 home runs, the most of any team remaining, led by junior Kendra Saunders who has 10.
“I’d definitely like to limit their home runs, but I know that we can return them if that’s the way the game is played,” Rogers said.
The key to victory for the Bruins especially resides in a simple statement with two explosive offenses paired together — score more runs than the other team.
“I know they score a lot of runs early and I know in their last two games, they came out on fire, scoring lots of runs at the beginning,” Rogers said. “That’s also what our goal has been the last month of the season, so we’re going to have to battle it out early and we’re going to have to limit their runs. I know we can score our runs, but we’re going to have to limit theirs.”