The Brownsburg softball team played a well-rounded game in Wednesday’s 15-0 five-inning beating of Ben Davis.
Brownsburg had 13 hits and five walks at the plate, and yielded just two hits defensively.
“We had some timely hits and made plays in the field that gave us an opportunity to get out of innings,” Brownsburg coach Keith Brown said. “It was a good start.”
In an early-season rarity for any team, the Bulldogs finished with zero errors.
“That’s the first time we’ve done that this year,” Brown said. “We had some in the first two games, one that probably cost us a chance to win.”
It was a different story for Ben Davis, as the Giants had four errors and two illegal pitches.
“We’re not very good right now,” Ben Davis coach Demetrius Dowler said. “It starts in the circle, but our defense is so bad and swinging the bat isn’t good, either.”
Brownsburg batted through its order in a five-run second inning. Cecilia Ridgeway and Ally Carver drove in runs, and a double-steal and Ben Davis fielding error at home plated two more.
“We got some runs early and wanted to be a little more aggressive offensively,” Brown said. “We did a good job of putting balls in places and keeping base runners moving.”
The Bulldogs’ first five batters in the third reached base, and five more runs came across as the Giants’ two illegal pitches advanced runners in scoring position.
Ben Davis freshman pitchers Payton Tarter and Kaitlyn Wilson had their struggles.
“We have these young kids, they’re not very confident in themselves,” Dowler said. “Throw in a freshman catcher, and it’s tough.”
Carver, Karly Dickison, Jessica Blystone and Lucy Paczkowski all had RBI in the fourth, as Brownsburg upped its lead to 15.