North celebrated its seniors with a 14-0 five-inning win over visiting Brush on Tuesday.
Seniors Jess Dodd, Adri George, Hailie Wilson, and Emily Zaleski each contributed to the win, which pushed North’s record to 5-1 on the year.
“These four seniors are what every coach dreams of,” said North coach Taylor Braddock. “They are some of the hardest workers this program has seen and their talent on the field shows. All four of them are great leaders on and off the field and they do a great job of showing the younger girls what a good athlete and a great teammate is made of. They left a huge impact on this program and will be missed when they graduate.”
Dodd had the biggest hit of her senior season thus far when she launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
“I’ve been waiting for senior night since I was a freshman,” she said. “The night was everything I expected. These girls have become my best friends over the years and I’m so thankful for them. It was an emotional evening but once it became game time, we had to lock it.”
George and Zaleski were both hit by a pitch to open the inning and Dodd got all of the second pitch she saw for a 3-0 lead.
“I went into this game with a game plan of not thinking when I was at the plate and trusting myself,” she said. “My first at-bat, she pitched me my favorite pitch and I just trusted myself and hit it out. It was nice making it home and being greeted by all the seniors. This was a game I will forever remember.”
Dodd finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored and six runs batted in. She also doubled in the game.
George was 0-for-2 but she reached base three times and scored two runs. Wilson was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and she knocked in a run.
Zaleski finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
“Going into today, I was very excited and sad at the same time,” Zaleski said. “I love these girls so much and it’s sad knowing this is my last year. I’m just happy we came out and won tonight for the seniors.”
Zaleski is now batting .308 after going 5-for-10 in her last three games.
“My approach today was going in being patient and waiting for my pitch,” she said. “Moving forward, I’m confident in my at-bats and just doing anything I can for my team.”
Julianna Augusta and Breonna Preston also had hits for the Rangers.
Freshman Amanda Dobida picked up her second win of the season after pitching a five-inning shutout with nine strikeouts.