The best way for a softball pitcher to help herself out is drive in a few runs of her own.
Friday, Birdville freshman pitcher Callie Burris hit three doubles and drove in two runs in Birdville’s 13-2 win over Saginaw.
To add to Burris’ effort at the plate, she threw a three-hitter, only allowing Saginaw (7-7, 3-2 in District 6-4A) two runs in the bottom of the final inning.
“She’s been working on her hitting and it’s showing now,” head coach John Love said.
The umpire favored the inside pitch throughout the game, which Burris said was right where the Hawks’ ace tends to stay during a game.
At the plate, Birdville’s other batters joined Burris’ four hits with 10 more, with Caitlin Young following close behind Burris with three hits, one of which was a triple.
Four Birdville batters drove in the team high of two runs in the game.
“I told the kids I was proud of the score but I was even more proud of the hits,” Love said. “In this game now, it’s not a pitcher’s game anymore, it’s who is going to score as many runs as they can.”
The Hawks (13-5, 5-0 6-4A) struck in bunches, scoring four runs in the second, four in the third and five in the fourth before the game was stopped after five for the 10-run mercy rule.
While little emotion came out of Burris after the stellar outing, winning with that kind of individual success does create a few smiles.
“It was just fun the whole game,” Burris said.