Sitting atop the Western Conference AA standings, the Capital Bruins softball team is looking sharp early.
"We're kind of turning things around a little bit," said Capital head coach Mike Miller. "Not getting as much hitting as I would like but we're getting them at the right times. Our pitching has been very good and our defense has been outstanding. So it's just added up to stay a little bit more on the upside."
"We're just not really concerned about winning, and we don't really concentrate on that a lot," added senior first baseman Kady Bartsch. "Like Mike doesn't bring that up too often. We're kind of just expected to win every game and play our hardest."
During their eight game winning streak led by staff ace, junior Brittany Smith, teams are struggling to score on Capital's pitching.
"By my definition is they've been pitching it more than throwing it," said Miller. "Not just throwing it trying to get people out, but they're pitching it trying to keep them off stride, letting their defense help them a bit."
"Brittany is hitting her spots great," said senior second baseman Destry McNellis. "I mean and when she hits them it helps us defenders out. When she's hitting them, they're just hitting ground balls out to us so when Brittany does her job it helps us out a lot but if she doesn't hit a spot we're here for her."
The pitching for Capital has been terrific during their winning streak but the real key to their defense has been their infield chemistry.
"Our coach always tells us to get dirty," joked McNellis. "So everyday when we know a ball is going into the gap Kenzie and I, and everyone, Kady or our third baseman Madi we're always working on diving, getting that ball. We don't want it to get through to the outfield and have them possibly get another base."
"We're all working really hard on not making any errors, and whenever there's a tough play we really try our hardest to stop the ball and keep any runners from scoring," said Bartsch.
Being atop the standings at the beginning of May is great, but Capital has their eyes set on that state title at the end of it.