Team effort keeps Raiders rolling in right direction

Allison Gutierrez started to give up hits in the late innings against Spanish Fort last Monday night. She even allowed a run. But while her early dominance began to fade just slightly, Gutierrez didn’t back down, just as this Navarre Raiders softball team has refused to back down from any challenge that has come its way this season.

The junior pitcher continued to fight. She was going to finish out this game one way or another.

“They started to figure me out a little bit. They knew what I was throwing, so at that point, I told myself to keep going at them,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez did indeed finish the game, going the distance while allowing five hits and striking out nine in a 5-1 win for the Raiders at home in the Florida-Alabama Challenge.

She was able to throw a complete game, in part, because of the work she and fellow pitching ace Rachel Hester put in prior to a game. Pitching coach Allison Pettigrew makes sure both pitchers are ready to battle until the end if need be.

“She really works on getting their legs strong. She makes them run before they pitch, and it really shows in a seven-inning game,” Navarre head coach Kelly Hayes said. “Their endurance is there all the way through.”

Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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