Forest Grove softball off and hitting
If Forest Grove's game versus Hillsboro was any sign of things to come, they'll at the least go down swinging.
The Vikings tallied 15 hits en route to a 22-0 four-inning win over the Spartans Friday, March 18, at Forest Grove High School.
Megan Hall led Forest Grove's offensive attack, going 2-for-2 with four RBI and three runs scored, including a first-inning triple and second-inning home run that had little problem clearing the left-centerfield wall.
In all, the Vikes had 11 players record a hit, 10 bat-in a run, and only one strikeout.
Additionally, Rylie Arruda and Hailey Yon combined to record a four-inning no-hitter while striking out nine and walking just two.
The win came on the heels of a 13-8 win over Franklin a day earlier, which was preceded by a 10-1 loss to No. 6-ranked Lakeridge to start the year.
First-year head coach Jeremy Ingram said while obviously happy with the offensive production against Hilhi, he was more impressed with his team's focus throughout despite a lopsided result.
"While the game wasn'tÂ the most competitive,Â I am pleased with how the team still stayed focused on doing things our way," Ingram said. "We did not get sloppy or lose energy, which is easy to do in games like that."
The coach said the lineup is relatively deep this season and it's littered with girls that can both hit for average and power, along with some speed. But in addition to their physical talent on the field, Ingram pointed to the team's chemistry off of it as one of its biggest assets.
"A lot of these girls have been playing softball together during club season for quite a few years, so our team bond is pretty strong starting out in the early parts of the season," the coach said. "We have a great group of girls this season that enjoy being around each other and playing not just with each other but for each other."
Yon is definitely someone Ingram said the team will lean on this year, along with junior captain Kaimalino Ingram. Both of whom were all-league honorees last season. Additionally, he cited—amongst others—Hall, Katelyn Peterson, Jordan Ingram, Violet Royalty and Ella Taplin as key components to any success they may have.
Ingram said that Hall, Peterson and Jordan Ingram will provide the offensive pop, Royalty at the lead-off position will provide the speed, and Taplin is a four-year starting pitcher for the Vikes, and one that will be vital to their performance.
"We will lean on her (Taplin) heavily throughout the year," he said.
Following a 6-12 abbreviated season last year, Ingram said this year's team is primarily focused on the little things that lead to success, like communication, secondary plays, along with learning, gathering and then applying information after every pitch. But he also said they want to have fun, which in turn would likely lead to the results they're looking for on the field.
"My goals for the team are to continue to get better every day while having fun doing it," he said. "I also don'tÂ think it's unrealistic to see this group find a way into the playoffs."
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