By GERARDO RECINOS
Every know and then we’re reminded how many top athletes have gone through the Alhambra softball program. The class of 2014 took home two North Coast Section titles, and a lot of that was due to the shutdown pitching.
Two-time Diablo Foothill Athletic League most valuable pitcher Erin Enke has strung together multiple solid starts, including three straight complete games.
The sophomore right-hander at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, is currently 6-4 with a 3.10 ERA, but those statistics don’t do justice to her more recent performances.
In the month of March Enke lowered her ERA over a full earned run after starting the season off slowly.
Her first start in March, the Alhambra graduate threw a one-hitter against Brenau in seven innings.
In her most recent starts against Kansas Wesleyan and Southwest Baptist University, she went seven innings strong in both contests.
Against Kansas Wesleyan she allowed four hits and one unearned run. Against Southwest Baptist, she went the distance again striking out four, and only allowing four base runners on three hits and a walk.
Enke went 55-7 in her four years at Alhambra, only posting an ERA above 2 in her freshman season (she had a 2.12 ERA). She went the distance in 20 of her starts, all of them shutouts. Enke didn’t finish more games because coach Paul Buccellato put other players in once the Bulldog built big leads.
In 318 2/3 innings, she posted a WHIP of 0.968, and struck out 402 hitters and had an opponents batting average of .133.
She also hit .410 at the plate, driving in 60 RBIs and six home runs.
In her junior and senior years she posted slugging percentages of 1.308 and 1.019.