Huntsville Green made their way from Alabama to Oklahoma for their first ever TC OKC experience, and things are off to a smooth 2-0 start.
After winning their first pool play game Saturday morning against the Oklahoma Force, 7-1, their bats stayed hot for Game 2 against Texas Arsenal from Houston, which ultimately led the Green to a 6-0 shutout in five innings.
“So far we’ve started off strong. All the girls are hitting the ball real well. We gave up too many errors but luckily we overcame that with our hitting,” said head coach Shawn Anderson.
Huntsville took command in the first inning against the Arsenal, scoring two runs off of a couple base hits and stolen bases. They didn’t score again until the top of the fourth when Alex Davis led off with a single, stole two bases and was then brought in on Jordan Moore’s double. Alicia Andersen followed that up with a hit to the shallow right field line and utilized her speed for an RBI triple.
The team tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the fifth. Pitcher Alexus Hindman continued to keep Arsenal off balance to secure the victory.
“My game plan is to go out with my curve and then I go high and in to see if they’ll chase it,” added Hindman.
Chase is exactly what she made the Arsenal squad do. Hindman finished with seven strikeouts and didn’t allow a single run to cross the plate.
Though every Huntsville player put the ball in play, Davis was the All-Star against Arsenal. She showcased speed and power on offense, going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Her performance included two singles and three stolen bases, and the cherry on top came in the fifth inning when she blasted a solo home run over the centerfield fence.
“It’s been a minute since I’ve swung the bat because we came in without really any practice so it was great to come out and play like this. We had one practice but only half of us could be there since we’re out of Huntsville and Tennessee so we figured we’d be rusty and we weren’t so that was good,” said Davis. “We’re really focused on chemistry. It doesn’t matter the outcome - we just have to be able to play together.”
Collectively, Huntsville was pleased with their performance and was eager to attend the WCWS on Friday night for the first time ever.
“We like to play one big tournament a year and since this one was here during the World Series we picked it,” added coach Anderson.