Dwight-Prairie Central softball from Friday

As far as things mattered, it was the Edwards Show Friday afternoon at Dwight Township High School. Abby Edwards was solid in the circle and Katy made a nice play in the field while delivering her first varsity home run as the Trojans shut out Prairie Central 3-0 in a nonconference softball game.
    “The Edwards girls threw the ball real well,” PC head coach Tim McGuire said of Abby Edwards. “You have to hope you get a walk and a bunt and then a single, and then you hold them on your end.”
    It did not work out that way in this game. The Hawks were able to put some runners on base over seven innings, but they could not get to Edwards, who only walked two and scattered four hits.
    Edwards is a power pitcher and came up with big strikeouts when she needed them. Edwards finished with seven punchouts on the afternoon.
    “Abby, the more she pitches, gets more and more accurate,” DTHS head coach Chuck Trainor said. “The defense was solid, it’s been pretty good. The infield has to stay on its toes when Abby pitches, they can get back (on their heels).”
    Prairie Central managed to get two runners on base in an inning twice, but no Hawk made it past second base in the game.
    Katy Edwards made her presence felt with the glove, including catching a popped up bunt and turning it into a double play. This took place in the third inning.
    Faith Bachtold had led off the inning with a base hit and Jadyn Stephens tried to get the bunt down to move her over. The pitch was popped up and Edwards came racing in from first to make the lunging catch. Edwards then wheeled and threw to Taylor Anderson at the bag to nip a diving Bachtold for the twin killing.
    Lost in the shuffle was the pitching of Anna Hale for Prairie Central. She was not allowing much to the Trojans, matching Abby Edwards for goos eggs on the scoreboard through four innings.
    “That was her first time throwing this year,” McGuire said of Hale. “She’s been so valuable to us in the outfield. I told her, ‘you get through two innings great.’”
    The fifth inning proved to be the difference. First, Edwards had some issues as she walked Brianna Seeman and Hale singled, putting two Hawks on with one out. A strikeout and a groundout ended the inning with no other damage.
    For Hale, she didn’t have the same good fortune in the bottom of the inning.
    Anderson led off the fifth for Dwight with a ringing double to left and Abby Houch singled PC’s Hale to put runners on the corners with no outs. Morgan Zabel fouled out and McGuire opted for a pitching change as the DTHS lineup turned over.
    “In the fifth, with the third time through the lineup, I thought I would give them a different look. Faith wasn’t as sharp as she has been,” McGuire said.
    Bachtold came on with two on and one out and facing the top of the Trojans’ order. LynnDee Hale lofted a sacrifice fly to get Dwight on the board with what turned out to be the winning run. But Katy Edwards followed with a power shot to dead center that flew nearly 300 feet before landing at the scoreboard.
    The two-run shot insured the victory as Abby Edwards retired six of the seven batters she faced over the final two innings. Four of those came on strikeouts.
    “We were hitting but we were getting under everything. It just took us a little bit of time to get going,” Trainor said. “The first inning we saw nine pitches and I got on them. The second inning we saw 21, we had more baserunners. The third inning we saw nine pitches again, we were out of the inning early. We just needed to be more patient, it shows up if we can be more patient.”
    Katy Edwards homered, singled and drove in two runs. Anderson had her double and Abby Edwards singled for the Trojans.
    Hari, Seeman, Amber Graf and Anna Hale each singled for the Hawks. In the circle, Hale took the loss after giving up two runs. She allowed three hits, walked two and fanned two. Bachtold gave up a run and two hits and Seeman walked one in her inning of relief.