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“We like where we’re at, for sure,” Robbins said. “We started out with a few bumps, but we’ve got back up and we’re doing really good. I think we’re hitting our peak.”
Robbins, a junior, has been instrumental in the team’s success. She’s third in the CBC with 132 strikeouts and has the second-best ERA (0.60) of any pitcher in the league. Her hitting has been superb as well — she leads the CBC in RBI’s (41) and is second in home runs (7). Robbins has 17 career home runs, which is also a school record.
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“She’s a workhorse and wants to improve each game,” Northwestern coach Missy Johnson said. “She ended up focusing more on softball this year, and I think it’s paid off and made her even better.”
Northwestern junior pitcher Jenna Robbins winds up during a game against Graham on April 17. Robbins broke the school’s all-time strikeout record during the first inning of a game against Bellefontaine on Wednesday. BRYANT BILLING / CONTRIBUTED
Robbins, who has a .456 batting average, has plenty of help with hitting. Gillman, Maddie Current, Abby Zerkle and Jamie Rutherford all bat over .400 and have on-base percentages of .449 or better.
With solid pitching, hitting, and fielding, Johnson thinks Northwestern has a shot of another deep tournament run. The Warriors have won a district title three years in a row and advanced to the Division III regional finals last year, where they lost 4-2 to Johnstown-Monroe.
“I think as close as they came to state last year is motivating them,” Johnson said. “Hopefully that’s what we’re able to accomplish.”
Northwestern was voted as the No. 1 seed in the Northmont Div. II sectional and will open postseason play next Monday against No. 12 Bethel. But first, the Warriors will tune-up for tournament play on Saturday with a doubleheader on the road against Northmont (14-8).