Miller: Delavan-Darien's DeLara does damage
If they still did Wheaties commercials, the cereal company likely would be in contact with Morgyn DeLara today.
After what the Delavan-Darien High softball player did to Badger High on Tuesday afternoon, she would fit in with all the rest of the athletes that were on the “Breakfast of Champions” cereal boxes over the years.
Even the Brewers’ Eric Thames would have to bow to DeLara.
Over a span of five innings Tuesday, DeLara hit three homers and a double during the Comets’ 15-1 victory over the Badgers.
The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, but they probably were running out of softballs that didn’t have dents in them from DeLara’s bat.
“It was amazing to watch,” said Hank Johnson, the Comets’ coach.
DeLara’s game to remember started with a two-run homer in the first inning.
“I was just looking to get on base to rally up my team,” she said. “We were really looking forward to beating Badger because they took one from us before.”
DeLara did not come up in the second inning, which was the only inning the Comets did not score.
But up came the 5-foot-7 DeLara in the third inning. This was the only time the softball left her bat and stayed in the playing field.
“It was over the girl’s head,” DeLara said of her shot to right field. “I think it might have hit the fence, but I was just running.”
That produced RBI No. 3.
Things got interesting in the fourth inning.
DeLara came up with the bases loaded. Just as in the first inning, the ball ended over the fence in straightaway center field.
“You kept watching, wondering if she can do it again,” Johnson said. “And then she does, and it’s like, ‘Wow.’”
Ding, ding, ding, ding. RBI numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Grand slams aren’t foreign to DeLara. She hit one in last year’s WIAA regional final game against Monroe during the Comets’ trek to the Division 2 state championship game.
Tuesday’s “granny” was an indication that it was her day.
“The bases were loaded, and I didn’t want leave anyone on base because we’ve done that enough this season,” DeLara said. “My job right now is to do all I can to help out.”
The final bomb came in the fifth. Two runners were on when DeLara came up.
By this time, even the Badger fans knew who she was.
“The other team’s fans were like, “Wasn’t she the one that hit the homer last time?’” DeLara said.
But the Badgers threw her a strike.
“I wasn’t going for a homer on that one,” DeLara said. “I was just swinging, trying to get on base.”
The pitch—her favorite, a high strike—landed over the left-field fence.
“My teammates joke about it,” DeLara said of her love of the high pitch. “They call it ‘my big tomahawk.’”
Three homers. A double. 10 RBI.
DeLara has “tomahawked” eight homers on the season, so this was not totally unexpected.
The outfielder was an honorable mention all-state selection last season and was picked to play in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association senior all-star game June 12-13 in Wisconsin Dells. Johnson will coach in that game, as well.
“I really feel I haven’t been hitting my best,” DeLara said. “So this game really boosted my confidence.”
Tom Miller is a sports writer/page designer for The Gazette.
Last updated: 11:32 pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017