Jeeps run-rule Bloomfield on senior night

Photo by Jimmy Lafakis/The Herald
Northeast Dubois senior Alexus Royer (20) rounds first base during the second inning of Wednesday evening’s game against Bloomfield in Dubois. The Jeeps captured an 11-1 win over the Cardinals on senior night.

By JIMMY LAFAKIS
jlafakis@dcherald.com

DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois (11-5) answered the call of duty during Wednesday evening’s softball contest against Bloomfield. Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, the Jeeps unleashed their offensive firepower to score two runs in each of the next three innings. Northeast Dubois walked it off with five in the bottom of the fifth for an 11-1 victory over the Cardinals.

The run-rule carried some extra weight. Northeast Dubois recognized seniors Becca Brosmer, Kayleigh VanPelt and Alexus Royer in a pregame ceremony.

“I’m really sad that it’s getting down to my last season, but I’m really happy that we were able to win,” VanPelt said. “We’ve had a successful season so far.”

Brosmer echoed her fellow senior’s sentiments about the bittersweet evening.

“It was really happy and sad at the same time,” Brosmer said. “We do have two more home games, but there’s the realization that it’s almost over.”

As the seniors celebrated with their families, Jeeps head coach Dion Terwiske reflected upon this season’s newfound sense of clarity.

“It’s normally a real journey in four years,” Terwiske said. “When you put COVID in the middle of it, it means a little bit more. Obviously, they’ve seen that last year’s seniors didn’t get much at all. I think they really appreciated it this year. They really looked forward to it. With COVID stuck in the middle of all of this crazy stuff, it gives a little bit of a different perspective.”

The Jeeps’ plate discipline was perhaps the utmost sign of their maturity. Terwiske urged the squad to cut down on their fly balls during Tuesday’s practice. Northeast Dubois did not score in the first inning, but the subsequent frames showcased a plethora of hard-hit line drives.

“We had some fly balls early there,” Terwiske said. “We kept after them. We had some quality at-bats. Even though it was a run-rule game, you’re always looking for more good at-bats. We put them together when we needed to tonight, but we’re still wanting more.”

Jeeps junior Hadley Fuhrman led the way in the batter’s box. Fuhrman tallied a 2-for-3 performance and knocked in a team-high three runs.

The Jeeps provided ample run support for freshman Landy Rasche, who contributed a stellar effort on the mound. Rasche allowed just one Bloomfield hit and struck out eight batters during her complete game.

“Eight strikeouts, that was big for her,” Terwiske said. “That’s a good confidence-booster for her.”

Eleven Northeast Dubois hits and five Bloomfield errors concocted the Jeeps’ winning formula. As the Jeeps widened the gap, vivacious energy permeated throughout the Northeast Dubois dugout.

“We make the best of it,” Royer said. “We have a great time. That’s what I’m here for.”

Northeast Dubois returns Thursday at Blue Chip Conference rival South Knox.

“We need to finish this week solidly and head into the rest of the season after that,” Terwiske said.




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