DHS sweeps Thunder in softball season opener
The De Soto softball team had to wait an extra day to begin its season last week, as its opener against St. James on Tuesday was pushed to Wednesday because of cold weather.
But coach Melissa Wible was pleased with her team’s opening performance as it swept St. James in a doubleheader, 1-0 and 5-1, at home.
Junior Katie Williams pitched a complete-game shutout in Game One and closed out Game Two for the Wildcats.
“She looked really good,” Wible said of Williams. “She was hitting her outside pitches nicely.”
Sophomore Hannah Jokisch started the second game for De Soto, and the coach said she pitched admirably in just her second start ever.
“Hannah pitched very well,” Wible said. “I think it might be only her second game varsity pitching. So as a younger kid stepping in and doing that job, she did a nice job.”
While Wible was pleased with her team’s pitching performance – giving up just one run in 14 innings – she was delighted about her team’s offensive production. Wible said the Wildcats stared a little slow because of the usual first game jitters, but once those went away, the bats came alive.
“It seemed like they were nervous hitting,” Wible said. “And once they got their timing down their hitting really picked up closer toward the end of the first game and they competed well in the second game.”
The Wildcats played Tuesday night at Spring Hill and won the first game 6-0 and lost the second game 6-5.
The Wildcats played a road contest with Holton on Wednesday. Results were unavailable at press time.
Wible added that over the next week, she hoped the team’s bats would stay productive.
“The game is more enjoyable when you’re hitting,” she said.