Baty, Benneker give the Crusaders a boost in Little 4 openers

It was a day of impressive firsts on the softball field for St. Bernard’s.

Torrin Baty got her first-ever varsity start in the pitcher’s circle and posted a pair of wins, as the Crusaders defeated Ferndale 9-2 and 14-1 to open the Little 4.

Teammate Olivia Benneker, an exchange student from Switzerland, also got her first-ever career hit in game one, in her first year playing the sport.

Baty pitched all seven innings in the opener, allowing just seven hits and displaying her control with just one walk.

She also had two hits and scored twice,

The consistent Courteney Goodman continued to see the ball well and finished 4-for-4 with two runs in game one, while hitting “some laser shots into the outfield,” according to her coaches.

Kodi Meyer also continued to impress and had five hits over the two games, including an inside-the-park home run in the nightcap.

Meyer capped a good all-around day with some strong defense at second base.

Likewise with third baseman Marce Davila, who also was 1-for-3 with a run in game two.

“She made tough plays look routine,” assistant coach Brian Finck said of Davila.

Senior Emma Wilson finished 2-for-3 in the second game with a walk and a run, while Baty closed out an impressive day in the circle by allowing just three hits and no walks and striking out two.

Baty was filling in for the injured Ella Jimenez, and she gives the coaches a valuable second option in the circle.

Freshman Sarah Luna had the slide of the day, bringing the crowd to its feet with a head-first slide into third base.

With the win, the Crusaders improved to 2-0 in the Little 4 and 4-7 overall.

No stats were immediately available for Ferndale.

The Cats are now 0-2 in the Little 4.

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