Cyclones shut down Monarchs on home turf
The HCHS varsity softball team took on the Denison-Schleswig Monarchs Thursday night at home and won, 1-0, behind the shutout arm of senior pitcher Tianna Kasperbauer.
“We’ve been struggling offensively, but we’ve also been struggling defensively,” Kasperbauer said. “I think when we need a run, we get a run, so that’s good for us.”
Kasperbauer was dominant the whole night as she struck out 14 Monarch batters. She gave credit to her battery mate, senior Kelsi Hoffman on the job she does catching behind the plate.
“I believe in Kelsi,” she said. “I really rely on my rise ball and changeup, so whenever I get up in the count I work on my rise ball and hopefully work a changeup in there, but sometimes that can get scary, so hopefully my rise ball is on.”
The lone run on the night was scored by junior infielder Ella Plagman. HCHS Head Softball Coach Toshia Kasperbauer credited Plagman for her efforts.
“Ella was very disciplined last night,” Coach Kasperbauer said. “We knew we were not going to see a lot of speed and sometimes those are the hardest pitchers to adjust to.”
With this victory, it marks the third victory out of the last four games played for the Cyclones and pushes their overall record to 4-5. But it doesn’t get any easier for them as they will go on the road for a two-game tournament with their first game starting Saturday morning at 11:30.
“We will keep working one day at a time to improve offensively and defensively,” she added. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us.”