Reinoehl leads Fillies past Minersville
Marian’s Emily Shaud waits for the ball while Minersville runner Emily Graeff attempts to score. Graeff was out at home on the play. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Marian softball pitcher Lyndsey Reinoehl had the look of a finely-tuned machine.
No blips, no bumps, just smooth and easy was the way the junior right-hander helped lead the Fillies to a huge 3-2 Schuylkill League softball victory Thursday afternoon.
This win was against one of the so-called “power” teams — Minersville.
It was a much-needed triumph for the Fillies (5-4, 4-1), who pulled ahead of rival Mahanoy Area in the Division 3 standings.
Everything was right on point for Reinoehl, who allowed just two hits — both to leadoff batter Emily Graeff. The Marian hurler said the key was her off-speed pitch.
“My best pitch was the changeup,” said Reinoehl. “With that pitch working, I was able to keep their batters off balance.”
Indeed, Minersville (3-5, 2-3) was all over the place, never quite able to figure out her pitch.
“That was a huge win coming off of Tuesday’s loss (to Tri-Valley),” said Marian head coach Kyle Faust. “Lyndsey was lights out; she was hitting her spots … she had them off balance pretty much the whole game.”
Graeff led off the game with a single for Minersville, but Reinoehl looked untouchable thereafter. She retired the next 17 batters without a whimper.
Reinoehl, however, did run into some trouble in the sixth.
With two outs and the Fillies leading 2-0, Graeff collected her second hit, this one to center. It didn’t seem to be much of an issue, but when Alex Kroznuskie was hit by a pitch, it set the table for Kaylee King.
On a 2-2 count, King popped the ball up in the infield. With two outs and both runners on the move, the ball was booted and both players scored.
“I really wasn’t (excited),” said Reinoehl about the error which allowed the tying runs to score. “I know that we can score runs, it’s just one of those things that you can’t let it affect you.”
Marian had an answer in the home-half of the frame. It started on a routine grounder hit by Lacey Blasko, when a poor throw to first allowed her to scoot to second. A groundout moved Blasko to third and when Reinoehl grounded to short, Blasko never hesitated and beat the throw to the plate for what turned out to be the winning run. It was Reinoehl’s second RBI of the day, as her crisp single in the first inning plated the game’s initial run.
Marian went ahead 2-0 in the second when Macy Alansky walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. It stayed that way until Minersville pushed across the tying runs in the sixth.
After the Fillies answered back, Reinoehl set the side down in order in the seventh to seal the win.
“All season these girls haven’t given up, no matter the score they played hard to the end,” said Faust.
“Give all the credit to Lyndsey and their defense; they made all the plays,” said Minersville head coach Jamie Kuehn. “When we did put the ball in play, they made plays, especially their third baseman (Nemeth).”
FIRST IN A LONG TIME … It’s uncertain the last time a Marian softball team was able to hang one on the Miners. One observer said it could have been better than a decade.
DEFENSIVE GEM … Alansky, at short, made a key defensive play for the Fillies in the first inning. She pegged out Graeff when she tried to score from third on a grounder hit by King.
COUNTING THEM UP … Reinoehl tossed 87 pitches, 48 for strikes. Losing pitcher Keli Woodford tossed 89 total pitches, 63 for strikes. Marian managed only three singles off Woodford; one each from Emily Shaud, Reinoehl and Nemeth.
Minersville 000 002 0 - 2 2 2
Marian 110 001 x - 3 3 1
Woodford and King; Reinoehl and Shaud. W - Reinoehl. L - King.