Catching up with Harnett Central's second baseman after a standout week at the plate.
ANGIER — Don’t let the jovial spirit and fresh-faced smile fool you, when Savannah Bain digs her cleats within the white lines – she means business.
Look no further than Harnett Central’s latest wins – two shutout victories over Terry Sanford last week – in which the sophomore slugger collected six total hits and nine RBIs.
“Last year I started off really strong, then it went downhill. So this year ... I’m just trying to get on base instead of trying to be big,” Bain said after setting career highs with four hits and six RBIs during Friday’s 16-0 win.
“It feels great to have a good batting average and a good on-base percentage.”
Bain has a team-leading .581 on-base percentage and also paces the group with three triples, two coming against the Lady Bulldogs Friday. She was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and inched closer to the Lady Trojans’ leader in overall batting average Lauren Faulkner (.517)
“It’s nice. I mean, also the fact that we only have four upperclassmen, so I’m really excited for the next two years here,” Bain said of the offensive production Faulkner and fellow freshmen have provided this season.
“In practices, I think we’re working harder than anybody else out here. ... I think we’re all wanting to be there and getting what we want to get done.”
According to Central (9-1, 8-0 AAC) coach Olivia Scarborough, Bain’s defensive role on the infield has made just as big of an impact for a club that sits tied atop the All American Conference standings.
“She is definitely our rock. ... We went to her before the season and said, ‘Hey, the way we coach, our second baseman is our leader,’” Scarborough said of Bain, who shifts over from third base this year.
“She’s just got the softball IQ of an upperclassman. You can tell she takes it seriously.”
With Faulkner at shortstop and fellow newcomer Bethany Gonzalez sometimes filling in at third, Scarborough added that Bain’s focus and dedication are what allow her to take on such an important role.
“I was joking with one of our parents and said, ‘There could literally be a tornado in center field and she would not know it.’ That’s how zoned in she is at second base,” Scarborough said.
“You can see it in her eyes, there’s nothing else she’s thinking about but softball ... she’s exciting to watch.”
As the group looks to improve on its .500 finish in league competition in 2021, Bain says she hopes to win the inaugural AAC title while securing an all-conference nod.
The Lady Trojans are back in action Tuesday, playing a doubleheader against E.E. Smith.
Below are Bain’s responses to questions from The Daily Record staff.
FAVORITE SUBJECT: Accounting
FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION: Daytona Beach, Florida
FAVORITE APP: Tik-Tok
FAVORITE SHOW to BINGE: “Bridgerton”
THE TEAM’S BEST DANCER: Ivanna Jones