The trio of Jenn Pritchard, Stellie Tasselmyer & Courtney Roche paced Honesdale's varsity softball team to a 16-5 Division One win over North Pocono. Pritchard picked up the pitching decision, while Tasselmyer & Roche ignited the Red & Black offense.

It didn’t take very long for the Lady Hornets to ratchet up the offense Friday afternoon in Lackawanna League softball action.

Honesdale exploded for 11 runs in the first three innings, eventually blasting its way to a 16-5 Mercy Rule victory over visiting North Pocono.

Stellie Tasselmyer and Courtney Roche paced the assault. Tasselmyer enjoyed a perfect 4-for-4 day at the dish, while Roche ripped three straight doubles and collected five RBIs.

“It’s nice to see our offense finally come to life,” Coach Dave Patrisso told TWI Sports. “Now, we just have to keep it up. We need to be consistent all the way up & down the order.”

With the win, Honesdale upped its Division One record to 2-4. The Lady Hornets will be back on the diamond on Wednesday at archrival Wallenpaupack Area.

“This is a big game for both teams,” Coach Patrisso said. “We’d really like to win this one and close out the first half on a high note.”

First pitch for this contest is set for 4:30 p.m. on the shores of The Big Lake.

Big Bang
Tasselmyer and Roche have been at the heart of the Red & Black attack all spring long.

Stellie is quickly evolving into one of the best all-round shortstops in the entire Lackawanna League.

Just a sophomore, Tasselmyer terrorized the Trojan pitching staff in four at-bats on Friday. Stellie slapped a pair of singles, smoked two doubles and scored twice.

“I’ve been preaching to the girls that hard work pays off...and Stellie is a prime example of that,” said Coach Patrisso. “She started off the year batting 8th and now she’s our lead-off hitter. Stellie has worked very hard and it’s really paying off for her.”

Tasselmyer is currently leading the entire team with an eye-popping .640 batting average.

Roche provided an awe-some power display in her first three at-bats. Courtney crushed a 3-run double in the bottom of the first, then added two more 2-baggers en route to a big day at the dish.

“She’s doing a phenomenal job for us,” said Coach Patrisso. “Courtney has such a sweet swing. She’s the one we want up at the plate with runners on base. She always seems to come through with a big hit.”

Roche has already driven in 13 runs this spring, a dizzying pace since Honesdale’s only played six league games to date. She is also batting .500.

Jenn Pritchard earned the starting nod and pitch-ed another solid game. A tall, willowy junior, Pritchard scattered five hits over five frames.

Jenn struck out one and walked one and allowed just a single earned run.

“I think she pitched a great game,” Coach Patrisso said. “Jenn is really making the most of her ability. She’s working the corners, changing speeds and keeping batters off-balance.”

Over & Out
Anna Albers and Megan Davis also contributed big blows to the attack.

Albers went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Davis also collected a pair of hits and tallied twice.

Megan Grady chipped in with a key hit that ignited a big Honesdale rally. The Lady Hornet sophomore slapped a single that plat-ed two runners and broke open the game.

Score by Innings...
NP   (0-6)   1  0  3  0  1  x  x -  5
HON (2-4)  8  1  2  5  0  x  x - 16