The North Zulch softball team defeated Somerville 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday with a complete game effort on the bump from Aly Greer.
The win avenged a March 13 road loss to Somerville by 11 runs.
“Our defense showcased their best performance so far this season,” said North Zulch softball coach Victoria Rivera. “Our defense has looked extremely effective as of late to balance out our offensive attack.”
The Lady Bulldogs defense made just one error on the night behind Greer. In the top of the seventh, North Zulch turned an unconventional double play to keep the score knotted at 2. Short stop Emma Baker snagged a fly ball and caught the baserunner leaning off first. She fired to Madison Murphy, who completed the play with a nice pick. This double play took all the wind out of Somerville’s sails.
Murphy was also the offensive star of the night for the Lady Bulldogs. She went 3-for-3 from the plate with one run driven in. Greer and Cheyenne Wallin also drove home a run each to ensure the 3-2 victory at home.
The win marks the fourth straight victory for the North Zulch softball team and puts their overall district record at 6-2 on the year. Before Friday’s close contest against Somerville, the Lady Bulldogs won handily against district opponents Mumford, Iola and Burton.
One of the more lopsided district contests for the Lady Bulldogs was an 11-0 shutout loss in Normangee on March 20. Bulldogs softball will try and avenge this loss on their senior night this Friday at 6 p.m. North Zulch attempted to keep their winning streak alive with a road matchup in Snook on Tuesday.
It was a mixed week for the North Zulch Bulldog baseball team. They defeated the Latexo Tigers 14-1 at home last Tuesday before they fell 1-0 to Centerville.
North Zulch players Blake Housley, Cole Weaver and Michael Harris all recorded multi-hit games last Tuesday while Weaver, Nolan Diserens, James O’Neal and Kaleb Holder each picked up two or more RBIs.
The Bulldogs exploded for 13 total runs in the opening two innings to rob Latexo of any comeback hopes down the line. They capitalized on timely hitting early. The team had just nine total hits and Latexo made one error.
The North Zulch baseball team tried to get back in the win column last night against Slocum and will travel to Normangee on Friday for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Panthers.