Tri-West features two thirds of its lineup batting .456 or higher. Senior catcher Taylor Heath paces the Bruins with a .597 batting average and also has 25 RBI and three home runs on the season.
Standout sophomore Claire Johnson has a team-high 45 RBI, seven triples, and six home runs while batting .480. Sophomore Lizzie Meyer has a team-high 53 hits and also has contributed 28 RBI, 11 doubles and a .530 batting average. Senior Alyssa Clark has 35 RBI, 45 hits and a team-leading 18 doubles.
Other notable offensive Bruins statistics include senior Kaitlyn Settlemoir’s 47 hits, 22 RBI and 10 doubles; senior Taylor Baggett’s 33 hits and 25 RBI; and junior Samme Miller’s 23 RBI on 31 hits.
Since losing two games to Lebanon on May 4, the Bruins have rattled off 13 straight victories. The entire lineup batting well is part of the reason for Tri-West’s end of the season run.
“All year long we had success one through four or five, now we really have one through nine,” Rogers said. “When one player is struggling, someone else that you least expect picks them up and gets a big hit.”
Sophomore pitcher Marita Van Dyke is 15-1 on the season with a 1.04 ERA and she has thrown 89 strikeouts. Rogers believes her sophomore is ready for the biggest stage of her pitching career.
“It’s definitely going to be the most pressure she’s seen all year long,” Rogers said. “She’s very quiet and focused and doesn’t let on to anyone, whether it be our team or their team, that’s she nervous.”
Besides sharing similar offensive abilities, this is the first appearance in the softball state finals for both schools. Tri-West and Yorktown are the only two schools of the eight making their state debut. After Saturday afternoon, the Bruins or Tigers will be leaving Ben Davis with their first softball state championship.