April 15, 2009
Denfeld’s Bellamy takes mound for
By Rick Weegman
Duluth Denfeld played eight games decided by two
runs or less last season, heightening pitcher Laura Bellamy’s
importance — that’s if Bellamy could be any more important
to the Hunters than she’s been for the past six years.
Minus their starting catcher and shortstop, the
Hunters turn toward the senior a final time. That has coach Dick
Swanson feeling a bit unsettled.
“My concern is that she’ll try to
do too much and think she has to be perfect,” he said. “We
have a freshman catcher [Kara Warren] and we’re going to use
three or four different people at shortstop, so it’ll take
us a while to figure things out. I hope she doesn’t think
she needs to strike everybody out, because then it doesn’t
seem to work.”
Bellamy, who will attend Harvard University on
a hockey scholarship, was 11-9 with a 1.17 ERA, four shutouts and
a 222-to-29 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in 2008. In addition, she
batted .336 with 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored as the Hunters reached
the Section 7AAA final four.
After throwing three perfect innings in Denfeld’s
opener against Northwood, she struck out 15 in Tuesday’s win