There are no tricks and little flash to Nichole Fagle.
Just a lot of power, and an alarming, record-setting amount of production.
A senior at North Fayette, Fagle leads the state in doubles (21) and RBIs (55). Both marks are school single-season records. And it’s not even July.
“She’s earned every last one (of the RBIs),” said North Fayette Coach Bob Lape. “There are games in which she has five or six of them.”
It helps that Fagle, the No. 3 batter for the Hawks, has a table-setter in front of her; leadoff batter Regan Wolverton is hitting .437 with 24 walks and an on-base percentage of .566.
And it sure doesn’t hurt that she has a hitter behind her — Bobbi Ney has 39 RBIs of her own, which ranks in the top-10 in the state — that makes opponents think twice before pitching around her.
Do the math. That’s 94 RBIs for Fagle (who is batting .452) and Ney (.355) through 28 games. That’s remarkable.
“(Fagle) isn’t doing anything special. She just sees the ball well,” Lape said. “She’s a strong farm girl, and if the ball is in the hitting zone, she’s going to drive it.
“We have played on some fields where the fences are way back. Nichole one-hopped the fence at 250 feet.”
Both have been starters since they were freshmen. Fagle is the starting first baseman; Ney is the catcher.
North Fayette (20-8) is tied for the Upper Iowa Conference lead with Sumner-Fredericksburg; both teams have 11-1 marks. They meet in a UIC-closing double-header next Thursday at West Union.
Countdown to showdown
The de facto Wamac Conference championship showdown is Wednesday — a battle of 1-vs.-1 at Solon.
Class 4A top-ranked Clear Creek Amana (28-1) will face 3A No. 1 Solon (23-3). Both teams are in control of their respective division races.
CCA saw its 36-game win streak come to an end Saturday against Ankeny, but the Clippers have responded by scoring 73 runs in their last five games.
Solon’s three losses all have come against 5A competition.