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Bearden softball comes alive at Disney classic

A little Disney Spring Break action in Florida was just the tonic for Bearden softball.

Off to a rugged 0-2 start — both losses blowouts — the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Orlando, Fla. for Disney Spring Training 2009 and won three of four games.

“Our coaching staff was very pleased with the girls,” BHS head coach Andrea Veler said. “They did a complete turnaround from what they showed us their first two games.

“We can’t figure out if it was the atmosphere they were in that made ’em more comfortable. They were just having fun and let loose. They played very, very well down there.”

Individually, “I think Hannah Champlin, our third baseman, she started hitting the ball very well,” Veler said.

Champlin and junior second baseman Jennifer Griffith each had two hits, including one double apiece, leading BHS to a 3-2 win against Episcopal High School (Texas) Monday, March 16.

Emma Kugler, freshman centerfielder, had a triple, double and single to lead the Lady Bulldogs offensively in a 7-3 victory versus Peddie High School (N.J.) Tuesday, March 17.

Senior catcher Alex Boris connected for three hits while Haley Miles, BHS junior shortstop, and Jordan Thompson, senior first baseman, each added two hits. Miles also stole a base.

Veler praised ace pitcher Kaylee Heemsoth, a junior, who had 17 strikeouts in 17 innings of work before getting hurt in the third inning of her third outing (2-0 record in Orlando). “She did a really good job,” Veler said, adding Heemsoth should be OK to pitch this week. “Her curve, her screwball, her rise, Kaylee can throw every [pitch].”

Bouncing back from a 10-0 loss to Johnson City Science Hill Wednesday, March 18, Bearden closed Disney action with a 10-8 win against Liberty Christian (Texas), March 18.

Griffith’s two hits included a double, while Miles also had two hits.

Boris pitched a complete game in Heemsoth’s absence, striking out three.

Despite Bearden’s loss to Science Hill, Veler praised the relief pitching work of freshman Amanda Dunaway, who recorded four strikeouts.

As opposed to its 12-error game in a 12-2 loss to William Blount March 16 at BHS, Bearden was “very sound defensively” in Orlando, Veler said. “We were very pleased defensively.”


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