Weatherly routs Jim Thorpe
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe second baseman Gianna Bucci prepares to put the tag on Weatherly's Tiana Genetti.
Age really is just a number with this year's Weatherly softball team.
Lady Wreckers' freshmen pitchers Jess Polchin and Kelly Parker combined to throw quite a ball game against Jim Thorpe, allowing just four hits and three runs in five innings of work. Their performance on the mound along with an explosive offensive effort from their teammates earned Weatherly a 19-4 non-league victory against The Lady Olympians on Wednesday afternoon.
Having a solid duo of pitchers is never a problem for a coach and Weatherly's leader Margaret Brown is happy with how her young hurlers came out and played with confidence and composure.
"This was our first game and I was a little worried because Jim Thorpe already had three games under its belt," said Brown. "It was a good debut for our freshmen pitchers and I was real happy with how they performed."
Polchin who started the game for the Wreckers allowed four hits in two innings of work. Parker then followed and was consistent, giving up just one hit and one run in three innings.
"I was nervous, but I felt confident," said Polchin. "My arm felt good and I knew I had a good defense behind me if they started making contact."
"I just wanted to come out and hit my spots and play consistent," said Parker. "I think we have a good team and as a pitcher you have to have faith in your teammates to back you up, which I do."
The Weatherly pitching was good, but the Wreckers' hitting was even better. The Lady Wreckers one, two, three, four, and six hitters combined for 10 hits and 11 RBIs.
The most impressive hitter on the day for Weatherly was senior Tiana Genetti. Genetti made it on base on all five of her at bats, getting five hits, scoring five runs and knocking in a run. Devon Bizarre scored four runs, had two hits and two RBIs. Jaime Doughtery drove in three runs, Tracy Galada had three RBIs and Sam Heister had two RBIs .
"It was very exciting to get off to a start like that," said Genetti. "My job is to get on base any time I can so I can utilize my speed on the bases. Today I was fortunate and got five hits, but it doesn't matter how I do it. It's just important that I get on base for my team."
Jim Thorpe on the other hand had a tough time getting anything going on offense and defensively gave the Wreckers opportunities to score and extend their lead.
"Moving forward we have to do a better job of cutting down on our errors," said Jim Thorpe head coach Bernice Bott. "Mentally we have to focus more and pay better attention to the base runners."
With the loss Jim Thorpe falls to 0-4. Weatherly improves to 1-0 on the season.
Weatherly 443 44 - 19 20 5
Jim Thorpe 030 10 - 4 4 12
Polchin, Parker (3), and J. Adamczyk; Gufman, Tillow (3), and Weber. W - Polchin. L - Gufman.