Bulldog offense lead by Orr out of the three spot

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - As a sophomore, Abby Orr broke the North Platte softball record for runs scored in a season with 47.

Junior short stop Abby Orr has seven home runs and 21 RBIs through 20 games for North Platte softball (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

As a junior, Orr is a leader offensively for the Bulldogs, with a .298 batting average, seven home runs, 21 RBIs, and 17 runs scored through 20 games played.

"She has a lot of power, and she's really strong. She uses her hips and really gets everything behind her swing," said sophomore second basemen Sydney Barner, who has played with Orr for years.

Barner typically bats first for the Bulldogs, and Orr is usually third in the lineup.

"I try to make sure I get on base, that way she can get a good hit and move me around," Barner said.

"Hopefully we get a couple girls on base in front of her, then we ask her to hit the ball hard. Whether it goes over the fence or not is not really important, we just need the ball hit hard," said head coach Jeff Barner.

At the plate, Orr is always looking to put the ball in play, whether there are runners on ahead of her, if there are no outs, or two outs, she keeps her approach the same.

"I kind of just take what I'm given. If it's there, I'll drive it. I try to keep it the same all the way through, so I'm not pressuring myself to get a hit," Orr said.

Listed at 5'10", Orr says a lot of her pop comes from her height.

"I'd probably say my long arms gives me a lot of my power," Orr said.

There are ten games left in the season and the Bulldogs are 11-9. In order for the Bulldogs to have a shot at making the state tournament in October, they are going to need Orr to keep swinging a hot bat.