by Ryan Paris
Butler’s softball team has proven to be the juggernaut of the Jayhawk Conference, as they have yet to be defeated this season. Their toughest competition came against the teams down in Texas in the Cowtown Classic and Texas Crossover games. They played all of their January and February games against those Texas teams, and looked pretty much unstoppable, as their offense, defense and pitching showed up strong in almost every game.
The team’s offense is far and away the best in the conference, as they have combined to score 355 runs in just 32 games this year. That is a little over an average of 11 runs scored per game. Some of their other offensive stats include a .404 team batting average, .706 slugging percentage and 61 team home runs as well.
Brynn Minor has been the leader on the offensive side of the game, as she has a .459 batting average, 17 home runs, 54 runs driven in and scoring 39 runs. Becca Schulte has also had a nice season as well, as she has compiled a .394 batting average, hitting 13 home runs and driving in 49 runs.
Regan Mergele has been the leader on the pitching staff, as she has a 14-0 record on the season, pitching 67.1 innings. In those 67.1 innings, she has also struck out 105, which averages out to 10.92 strikeouts per game.
Barton has been considered by some to be the “second best” team in the Jayhawk Conference, so perhaps they are the team that could beat the Grizzlies in a potential upset. The Grizzlies certainly have a lot of momentum on their side, as they breezed past the tough Texas teams, and took care of business against their fellow Jayhawk Conference teams as well. There is, of course, still a little under a month of regular season play, but the Grizzlies seem up for the challenge of chasing that perfect record this season.