Behind a 16-hit attack and shutout pitching by Mattie Bredeson and Ashley Hellenbrand the Poynette Pumas' softball team upped its season record to 12-0 with an 11-0 win over Belleville on Tuesday.
Things started off in an unusual manner for any game as the first two Poynette batters both struck out but were safe at first when the ball got a way from the Wildcat catcher. Maegan Brookins beat the throw to first, stole second and went to third when Rachel Renz swung and missed and beat the throw to first. Both runners scored when Haley Radewan launched a shot down the leftfield line for a two-run triple. It would just be the first of two triples Radewan would get the game to go along with a line single and a home run that hit the top rail on the chain link fence in dead center and bounced up and over.
The Pumas got another run in the second inning when Renz was hit by a pitch and scored on Radewan's second triple. Yet another single run scored in the third when Ashley Hellenbrand doubled, stole third and scored on an infield single off the bat of catcher Mya Knuteson. Two run in the fourth made the score 7-0 when Renz drew a base on balls, stole second and went to third on Radewan's single. Brooke Dredske then drove in both runners with a single to center.
The Pumas scored four in the top of the fifth on singles by Knuteson, Sidney Gorman and double off the fence in left by Heather Kimberley and Radewan's shot to center.
Bredeson worked the first four innings for Poynette allowing runs, hit two, allowed two hits and walked none. Hellenbrand worked the fifth allowing one hit.
The losing pitcher was Cassidy Heller.
The leading hitters in the game for Poynette were Radewan at 4x4, Hellenbrand at 3x4,Bredeson at 3x4, Dredske at 2x4,and Knuteson at 2x3.
"This was not an all around great game for us," said Head Coach Bob Tomlinson. "A couple of errors on what should be routine plays, some strikeouts on pitches in the dirt or getting surprised by a strike when down in the count with two strikes led to a sloppy game. Fortunately for us our pitching has been good enough to hold off teams who are struggling to score runs."