Katie David spent Sunday afternoon on the softball diamond preparing for Brimfield with memories of the last time the Illini Bluffs girls softball team met the Indians (13-4) on April 5.
The preparation paid off Monday afternoon.
David pitched a complete game, striking 17 Indians, including the final eight batters she faced in Illini Bluffs’ 5-2 victory over No. 16 Brimfield in an ICAC match up.
“It feels amazing,” David said. “Especially when my team hits like that. It just makes it even better. ”
“She threw pretty well tonight,” head coach Nancy Meyer said. “A lot of it depends on the calls you are getting. I thought she was getting some calls that were close enough, but I just thought she kept her composure today and when she did walk somebody, she came right back at them.”
The Lady Tigers (11-2) redeemed their early season 10-4 loss by scoring all five runs in the first two innings to help David in the win.
The middle of Illini Bluffs order did most of the damage, busting out four of the eight Tiger hits.
Savanna Anzaldua went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Tigers at the plate.
Abbi Schafer and Devon Patterson added two hits and Carly Scott added a triple and scored two runs for Illini Bluffs.
“It makes you feel like you have a little bit of a cushion,” David said. “To start off like that, I just kept rolling.”
David gave up two runs in the fourth inning after she walked the bases loaded. Lindsey Stenger drove in two runs for Brimfield with a base-hit to left field.
The Brimfield rally was interrupted when Tigers left fielder Hailey Guyon got the ball in quickly to throw a base runner out at third base for the final out of the inning.
After the inning, David recorded the final nine outs the way of the strikeout, while giving up one hit during that span.
Kennedy Dura and Stenger were the only Indians to record hits for Brimfield.
In the teams first match up, David gave up five earned runs in a losing effort. She said the team remembered the loss and wanted a different result this time around.
“They beat us the last time we played them so it just makes us come out and want to be on top,” David said. “It just feels great.”
“It’s a very nice win for us,” Meyer said. “We came off a terrible loss last week (to Olympia, 16-5 in six innings), so I was pleased with the fact that my girls came back focused. We talked well and communicated and we were in sync today.”
The Tigers play North Fulton on Wednesday with a chance at two-straight wins.