The Black Widows 16U 2000 select softball team had a big start to the season after going a perfect 7-0 to capture the championship of the Battle of the Bats Tournament this past weekend at O’Fallon Sports Park in O’Fallon, Illinois.
The Black Widows feature Kirsten Plocher, Kourtney Zobrist and Sidney Harnetiaux, who are a trio that recently finished up their spring season for the Highland High School softball team and will be incoming seniors at HHS this fall.
The squad started out by going 3-0 in pool play after beating the Tomahawks 8-0, the Hitting Center 7-4 and Oly Fire 14-0.
Bracket play started Sunday morning and the Black Widows did a great job enduring elevated temperatures to win four games between 12:30 and 8 p.m. In the first game of bracket play, the Black Widows doubled up the Midwest Mayhem 4-2 before going on to defeat the Hitting Center again, this time by a 3-0 count.
Then after edging Illinois Esprit 2-1 in the semifinals, the Black Widows annihilated the Tri-County Thunder 10-0 for the championship.
“We played our game and won our pool with not much problem, besides the Hitting Center, who we would see later in the tournament and beat again,” Plocher said. “Today, we had to win four to get the trophy we wanted, and we defiantly pushed through the tiredness and the heat, and not being used to it and all. But all of our pitchers, Morgan Tanksley from Granite City, me, and Bailey Morrow from Sacred Heart-Griffin, worked hard and did a good job of giving us a chance to win. Our team also had very good defense throughout the tournament. We showed all of our talents from Edwardsville, Highland, Granite City, Sacred Heart-Griffin, and O’Fallon.
“We did well putting hits together when needed to, but there’s absolutely improvements to be made. I’m proud of our team’s first outing this year and look forward to further improvements.”
Zobrist was also pleased with the team’s performance even despite it being their first tournament together.
“We still need a little work but we still played our game to get the wins and to win the tourney and I’m so happy to be apart of this team,” Zobrist said. “Our pitchers pitched great games, and we had good defensive plays as well. We struggled a bit on hitting but did enough to get the wins we needed.”