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Softball: Woodbury proves it's no underdog in shutting out Schalick

05/21/2018, 11:45pm EDT
By Joe Tansey, SJSD

Thundering Herd scores twice in every inning, Kendall Harvey hurled the shutout in playoff win

WOODBURY-- Kendall Harvey carried a certain level of anxiousness inside her as the rain kept postponing Woodbury’s first-round game with Schalick. 

With some treating the eighth-seeded Thundering Herd as underdogs against the No. 9 Cougars, the Woodbury pitcher and her teammates were ready to prove their might.

“I was very anxious, especially with everyone saying we’re underdogs,” Harvey said after the 10-0 victory. “We were expected to lose so us showing ourselves, I was very anxious to prove we got this and we’re not the team that everyone puts us out to be. We had this game to show everybody what we’re made of.”

Part of the reason why the Herd was handed the underdog tag despite being the higher seed is the early-season loss they suffered at the hands of Schalick.

“Pretty much everyone was talking that we were supposed to lose this game because they beat us, but we came out and proved that we’re not that team,” Woodbury shortstop Rachel White said. “We’re better.”

White was the catalyst of the Woodbury offense in a game where it scored two runs in each of the five innings.

The junior shortstop went 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run, three singles and two RBI and four runs scored.

“I feel like I’ve been hitting pretty good, but today we came out as a team and were pumped so it got me hyped at the plate,” White said.

Harvey only let two runners reach second base, as she conceded three hits over five innings.

“I feel untouchable. I know it’s a big word, but I feel very untouchable because someone behind my back, my team is there,” Harvey said. “As one we are sisters so it makes everything more comfortable and I feel more like myself.”

In addition to hurling a shutout in the circle, Harvey produced a pair of RBI singles out of the cleanup hole.

As catcher Nora Campo sent a two-run single into center field to finish off the 10-run victory, the Thundering Herd turned their focus to Audubon in the second round Wednesday.

After embracing the underdog role Monday, Woodbury is ready to shine against the Green Wave, who beat it twice in the regular season.

“We have nothing to lose,” Harvey said. “Facing Audubon in our next game is exciting because I’m hoping to win. I plan on winning, but whatever happens happens.”

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