For the first time this week the sun was shining bright at Mahanoy Stadium, Weatherly was donning its bright orange jerseys, and with the way freshman pitcher Kelly Parker pitched Tuesday afternoon the Wreckers future certainly looks bright.
Parker went seven strong innings, striking out eight, allowing just five hits. A feat that a freshman pitcher on a post season stage is not usually known for, but time and again Parker showed that age is just a number.
"I am very proud of both of our young pitchers this season, but Kelly really stole the show today," said Weatherly head coach Margaret Brown. "She kept her composure all game long and she believed in her teammates that were playing behind her."
Composure is exactly what Parker showed on frequent occasion throughout the ball game. Her biggest "gut check" moment on the day came in the fourth inning with bases loaded and just one out. However, as most sound pitchers do Parker bunkered down and struck out two Mahanoy batters to get out of the jam.
"I was so happy when I got those two strikeouts to end the fourth," said Parker. "I didn't want to be the one to possibly give them a chance to win. I just kind-of settled down and tried to throw the ball right down the middle. I have a lot of faith in my teammates, but fortunately I got the strikeouts and we got out of the inning."
There wasn't a whole lot of offense from either team on the day with the only RBI in the game coming from Weatherly's Dominique Adamczyk. Adamczyk hit a single to left field in the fourth scoring Erin Doughtery.
"I have been in a hitting slump over the last few games and there was no better time than at that moment to get out of it," said Adamczyk. "We were really confident coming into the game and I could tell even on the bus ride over here that we were ready to play."
Weatherly (13-9) took exactly what Mahanoy gave them and used it to their advantage. The Golden Bears (12-10) committed five errors, equating in two runs for the Wreckers. The ability to take advantage of another team's mistakes especially in post season play is key when facing an equally talented opponent.
"I'll tell you one thing that is a certainty with this team and it's that they believe in eachother," said Brown. "No matter what happens during the course of a ball game these girls never lose faith in eachother and that's why we have been playing so well. We were playing a little banged up today, but the girls really came together and did what they had to do to win."
Weatherly has won nine out of their last 10 games with their win over the Golden Bears and next up is number one seed Williams Valley (19-3) in the District 11 semi-final. The game will be played at Blue Mountain on Thursday at 7 p.m.
"We obviously have to wake up our bats if we want to stay in the game with Williams Valley," said Brown. "We also have to continue to get solid pitching and play good defense. These girls will be ready to play and when it comes to the playoffs anything can happen.
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Parker and Doughtery; Hullihan and Finnneran; W - Parker L - Hullihan.