ERIE — Jetta Nannen's fifth-inning home run on Saturday morning for the Silver Creek softball team might have been the hardest-hit ball, but even she would say it wasn't the biggest hit in the Raptors' 10-4 win against Pine Creek.
In her mind, those big hits were the two bunts laid down by the batters before her, Makenna Wright and Kayla Harper, hits which seemed to wake the Raptors up for a decisive rally that, really, the whole team had a part in.
In the inning, the Raptors (7-1) turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 advantage and had no problem closing out the win to remain undefeated at the Erie Tournament of Champions.
"Those two bunts were probably much bigger than my hit. They were amazing," said Nannen, a sophomore who hit her fifth and sixth home runs of the season against the Eagles (2-3). "Those two have so much speed, and my mindset was just to keep moving them around the bases and get a base hit.
"We had a little bit of a rough morning, but after that we got into a groove and settled down. We started hitting the ball better and hitting it to gaps more than at people."
The 8 a.m. start did seem to give the Raptors a bit of trouble, as Pine Creek staked itself a 3-0 lead after just one half-inning. Silver Creek went down quietly through two outs of the third inning when Nannen managed to pull a ball over the left field fence to get her team on the board, and SCHS made it 3-2 in the fourth after a couple Pine Creek errors — again with two outs showing.
Seeing a chance to put the pressure on the Eagles, Silver Creek did just that at the same time Dana Dwyer settled into a nice rhythm in the pitching circle. Even after the Nannen's second blast of the game, Silver Creek added three more runs with two outs. Emma Flynn, Kendra Green, Makayla Garcia and Rebecca Dunn all had hits, with Dunn's knock scoring two runs.
"That was a key inning and it wasn't just Jetta and it wasn't just the two girls that bunted — it was the entire lineup and it was good to seem them make the adjustments at the plate to be able to put some hurt on," head coach Ryan Beavers said.
The Raptors defense made plays look a lot easier, too, including an outfield assist by Casey Wagner in the top of the sixth inning in which she nailed Camille Gardner trying to stretch a single to a double.
So far, the Raptors' only loss is to 5A No. 6 ranked Broomfield. They've handled Heritage and Chatfield in the Erie tournament and also have three Northern League blowout wins.
Silver Creek knocked off Pueblo West 9-2 later Saturday afternoon to complete the tournament a perfect 4-0.
"We've had a softer part of our schedule on the front end, so we haven't really been punched in the nose yet," Beavers said. "I think we responded well in this one, and in the long term having to play from behind like that will do us some good. We can punch back."
"I think we've been pretty good with confidence and just work harder and get better as the season goes along," Nannen added.