Marian cruises to win
bob ford/times news Marian's Gabby Cann (8) pulls into second base as Weatherly shortstop Jessica Polchin looks on.
Marian was able to withstand a Weatherly rally and the inclement weather to win an abbreviated Schuylkill League softball contest, 5-1.
The Fillies jumped on the Wreckers early, capitalizing on two Weatherly errors in the first. Gabby Cann led off with a single and moved to third on an error. Sam Faust was up next and brought her home and reached third herself on the second Weatherly error of the inning. Lindsay Nemeth knocked in Faust for the second run of the inning to give the Fillies a 2-0 cushion.
Cann reached on an error in the third and Faust again brought her home to increase the Fillies' advantage to 3-0 heading into the fourth inning, which would prove to be the decisive frame.
Weatherly loaded the bases with no outs in the top-half of the fourth, but the Wreckers (1-2) were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Dominique Adamczyk eventually knocked in Erin Dougherty with one-out to cut the deficit to 3-1, but that's as close as the Wreckers would get.
Marian (4-1) would answer with two runs in the bottom of the inning and held off Weatherly's last charge in the top of the fifth before lightning and rain finally put an end to the game in the bottom half of the frame.
Marian coach Joe DeAngelo was pleased with the performance of his team, especially after suffering a tough loss to another Schuylkill League rival just days earlier.
"We were coming off of a tough loss against Shenandoah the other day, 2-1, so we wanted to make a concerted effort to bounce-back." DeAngelo said. "Weatherly has always given us a battle over the years, so we didn't take anything for granted.
"Getting the two runs in the first inning did help us a bit."
DeAngelo also felt that his team's ability to hold the Weatherly offense at bay in the fourth inning was key to earning the victory.
"When they got their one run, even though we had a three-run lead, we had to make sure that we didn't overreact, said DeAngelo. "We took it one-out, one batter at a time to prevent took it one-out, one batter at a time to prevent the big inning." .
The impendeing storm, which brought rain in the second inning, was something that didn't change the Fillies approach prior to the game being called.
"Not really," DeAngelo said regarding the weather. "When you concern yourself with outside elements then you start going away from what your identity is and we didn't want to do that."
While DeAngelo is pleased with his team's performance, he knows they can still get better moving toward the postseason.
"We're pleased to be 4-1, obviously we'd like to be 5-0, but we lost that tough one the other day," DeAngelo said. "The team is progressing nicely, they work hard, they're a good bunch of girls and we hope it continues."
Weatherly 000 10 - 1 2 3
Marian 201 2x 5 4 0
Parker and Dougherty; Shaud and Hill. WP - Shaud. LP - Parker.