Basic’s softball opponents might easily have spent much of the early season focusing on what the Wolves don’t have.
Namely senior pitcher Lacey Romo, who has yet to play this year because of an arm injury.
Romo’s teammates are showing they can be just fine without her on the field.
The latest example came Wednesday when the Wolves used a five-run fourth-inning and more-than-capable pitching from freshman Tiana Tapuala and sophomore Summer Masden to collect a 7-2 win at Clark.
“This could be one of the blessings in disguise because everybody out here knows they have to pick it up a little bit,” Basic coach Bart Black said. “Hopefully that will translate into a stronger overall team when she does get back.”
Romo posted a 1.23 ERA and 267 strikeouts in 171 innings last season. She also hit .434 with five home runs for the Wolves, who finished 20-7. But the injury has sidelined the senior indefinitely.
Tapuala and Masden didn’t register a strikeout Wednesday, but with the help of a steady defense, the two worked out of several jams, stranding 11 runners.
Tapuala allowed four hits and three walks in three innings, and Masden surrendered five hits and four walks, but each pitcher gave up only one run.
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