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Fillies bounce back to rout Wreckers

The upstarts were looking to pull the upset.

But favored Marian wasn’t in any mood to oblige.

Weatherly showed early that it wasn’t shying away from the Fillies’ Morgan Kelly - one of the best pitchers in the Schuylkill League - as it put the ball in play and got some nice whacks in the process.

But it never could find home plate.

Meanwhile, the Fillies found the plate early and often as they used their superior athletic ability to roll to a 15-0 victory in four innings.

It was an important bounce-back win for Marian, which has had some bumpy times lately after a strong start to the season.

“We needed a game like this,” said veteran Marian manager Joe DeAngelo. “We lost some close games recently and even our loss at Williams Valley (10-0) was closer than the scores indicates. I liked the way we did things to get this win.”

With the win, Marian improves to 4-4 in league play and 7-5 overall. Weatherly falls to 1-6 in the league and 3-8 overall.

The start of the game was positive for Weatherly, but didn’t result in anything on the scoreboard.

The Wreckers’ Abby Weston lined a clean single to start the game, but she was doubled up on a liner that was snagged by Marian first baseman Danice Karlick to ward off any issues.

Courtney Saylor then singled to open the Weatherly second inning and scooted to third when Aisha Zuberi smashed a double as it appeared the Wreckers were building momentum. But Kelly quickly reared back and took command as she recorded three straight strikeouts to end the inning.

After a scoreless first at-bat, Marian started to find its batting stroke as it sent 13 batters to the plate and erupted for nine runs in the second inning. It then sent 10 batters to the plate and added four more runs in the third, before finishing off the contest with two runs in the home fourth.

The Fillies cooked up their first rally by combing four walks, a hit batter, an error, and singles by Emily Upanavage, Deanna Pugh, Danica Karlick and Zoe Katona.

Marian’s third-inning runs came on four walks, and singles off the bats of Pugh and Morgan.

Fourth-inning hits by Pugh, Karlic and Gracie Gallagher helped envoke the mercy-rule.

“We’ve had our growing pains,” said Weatherly manager Will Bartel. “I was spoiled with (pitcher Maddie) Von Frisch for four years. But, hey, we can finish strong. We’ve got teams that we can play with and get wins against.”

BACK ON TRACK … Marian dropped two straight before getting back on track against the Wreckers. The win keeps it on pace with Mahanoy Area and Panther Valley atop the Dividion 3 standings.

HITTING AWAY … Fillies were led by frosh Pugh with three hits, followed by Kelly and Kralick with a pair. One of Kelly’s hits was a triple.

IN THE CIRCLE … Kelly allowed four hits, fanned eight and issued just one walk.

Weatherly 000 0 – 0 4 1

Marian 094 2 – 15 7 0

Binder, Stahl (4) and Caldwell; Kelly and Gallagher. W - Kelly. L - Binder.

Marian's Emily Upanavage slides into home while Weatherly catcher Rebecca Caldwell reaches for the throw. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS