Brownsburg’s softball team got off to a hot 8-1 start to the season. Then, the Bulldogs lost six straight before going 2-1 prior to Friday night’s game against Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe McCutcheon.
Brownsburg utilized timely hitting and strong defense for a 6-1 victory over the Mavericks, one that bumped the Bulldogs to 3-2 in the HCC.
“We got the girls some rest after playing a hard stretch there and they seem to be back on track,” Brownsburg coach Keith Brown said. “Getting a ‘W’ on your home field in the conference is obviously a bonus.”
Brownsburg pitcher Carlie Weaver nearly threw a shutout, and was backed up by solid defense, including the play of freshman third baseman Cecilia Ridgeway.
“Carlie is our experienced veteran in the circle … she’s a smart pitcher,” Brown said. “(Cecilia) at third base is one of the better gloves and accurate throwers on the team.”
Brownsburg led 6-0 going into the top of seventh before McCutcheon was able to plate a run.
Brownsburg recorded 13 hits, but left the bases loaded in the second and fourth innings and plated just one run in those situations.
“The Achilles Heel this year has been getting runners home when we’ve gotten them on base,” Brown said. “We’d like to have a little more clutch and situational hitting.”
Weaver’s RBI single to the center-field fence in the first scored Ally Carver from second.
Brownsburg’s Taylor Astell scored on a Taylor Mendenhall single, and Lucy Paczkowski came in on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead in the third.
Carver walked in for a run with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth, but the Bulldogs didn't capitalize further.
A long overthrow from McCutcheon’s third baseman to first scored Mackayla Gordon for a 5-0 lead in the fifth. Heather Reed then drove in Kyrsten Wagoner with a single to wrap up Brownsburg’s scoring.