How Haughton softball and Brooklynn Bockhaus have hit a school record 48 home runs
The Haughton softball team that enters Monday’s first round LHSAA Class 5A state playoff game against Acadiana, is a record-setting group that has impressed its coach with a powerhouse lineup.
Led by junior slugger Brooklynn Bockhaus, the Lady Bucs have pounded a school record 48 home runs this season with Bockhaus, a South Alabama commit, contributing 17, an individual school record. The previous team record was 25.
“It’s the best lineup from top to bottom that I’ve ever coached,” admitted 13-year coach Leanne Prather.
While the remainder of the Haughton lineup is contributing a lot of offense, it’s Bockhaus causing most of the problems. She’s hitting .539 with a school record 58 RBIs and 41 runs scored with 17 stolen bases. Bockhaus has walked twice as often (12 times) as she has struck out (6).
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“Brooklynn’s determination to succeed is inspiring to all of those around her. She doesn’t settle for mediocrity,” Prather said. “She is a true leader who encourages her teammates at all times. Her work ethic exceeds anyone’s expectations.”
Bockhaus surpassed two Haughton greats to reach her records. The previous home record of 12 was held by Anna Dies and the RBI record belonged to catcher Shyanne McDowell with 37.
The Lady Bucs (16-9) have four hitters batting at least .400, while nine players have home runs. Madison Trujillo is hitting .443 with 6 homers, Chloe Stanfield is at .406 with five homers and Ariana Matthews is hitting .405 with two homers.
“No matter who is up, you can always depend on them to get a hit,” Bockhaus said.
Bockhaus is also thankful for full season of softball after COVID-19 wiped out most of her sophomore campaign.
“Last season getting cut short, pushed me to be a better competitor at the plate and to never take a game for granted,” she said. “The key for me was to have an approach each and every at bat – to take no at-bats off.”
While the Lady Bucs have been an offensive powerhouse so far, holding opponents in check has been an issue at times. They’ve allowed double-digit runs in 11 of their contests this spring, but have held four of their last five foes to five or fewer runs. That may not bode well for No. 19 Acadiana (14-13) which visits Haughton for a 5 p.m. Monday in a first-round Class 5A playoff game.
“As a team we are super excited,” Bockhaus said. “We have won some big games this season and worked very hard to begin the playoffs with a home game.”