Ever since droping just their fourth loss of the season back on Friday, June 15, the fourth ranked A-D-M softball team has done nothing but succeed.
Out of the last seven games, the Tigers have been victorious in six straight contests including their most recent 1-0 defensive stand against Chariton Tuesday night.
The Tigers used all seven full innings to take the win as the only run scored in the contest game by A-D-M in the top half of the seventh thanks to a Brynn Busta sacrifice fly. It took six hits, four walks, and one Chariton error to reach the 1-0 mark.
It was the first time in four games that the Tigers did not take a ball deep for a home run. A-D-M’s home run leader, Ashley Tennant, was homer-less but not hit-less with two hits in four trips to the plate.
The 1-0 final marks just the third one run game all season long for the Tigers who are 2-1 in such games. It’s rather unfamiliar territory for the Tigers but a type of outing that head coach Rick Dillinger mentioned as nothing but good for his team.
“Everyone needs games like these at times,” said Dillinger. “It forces other areas of the team to stand out. Some days you might not hit the ball well, some days you might not field the ball well. If you can bring a complete game to the table you’ll win those close games more often than not.”
Speaking of a complete game, sophomore hurler Abbie Hlas went the distance with a one hit shutout over seven innings of work. Hlas worked quickly and efficiently with over 95 percent of first pitches ending up in strikes. That led to a ten strikeout game all together for Hlas who now has 269 on the season ranking second across the entire state of Iowa.
A-D-M now rests with a record of 28-4 and will continue their season with a road trip to Indianola on Thursday, June 28 and a double header in Grimes against Urbandale and Southeast Valley on Friday, June 29. In that two game tournament, the Tigers will take on Class 5A’s tenth ranked Urbandale at 11 a.m. and Southeast Valley beginning at 12:45 p.m.