Honesdale is headed to the Class AAA district play-offs this week. They will be led by a quartet of seniors who played their final regular season home game on Thursday. Anna Albers, Megan Davis, Sara Wolf & Shelby Martin were honored in ceremonies preceding a Lackawanna League battle with Prep.
Local softball fans were treated to a thriller Thursday in the Maple City.
For six straight innings, Honesdale’s Jenn Pritchard & Kathryn Santoli of Scranton Prep matched zeroes in a classic Lackawanna League pitchers’ duel.
Finally, in the top of the seventh, the visiting Lady Cavs broke through. Prep pushed across two runs to break open what had been a scoreless deadlock.
Honesdale responded by putting the tying runs on base in the home half of the frame. However, the Red & Black just couldn’t come up with a clutch hit when they needed it most.
Santoli fanned Katie to end an electrifying game and give Prep a 2-0 win.
“This is definitely a tough one to take,” Coach Dave Patrisso told TWI Sports. “We played very well in every aspect of the game. The only real difference is that they got a couple of big hits and we didn’t.”
With this win, Prep upped its regular season record to 9-4. The Cavs are tied with Scranton for second place in Division One, just a half-game behind DV (10-4).
The Hornets fell to 4-8 on the year. Heading into the weekend, Honesdale still had two games left on its schedule: Friday night at Scranton and Saturday morning in Moscow.
“We’re not giving up on the season by any means,” Coach Patrisso said. “We still have a bunch of things we want to accomplish.”
Prep loaded the bases in the top of the first, but Pritchard worked her way out of this jam.
Honesdale also pushed a runner into scoring position, but Santoli whiffed clean-up hitter Courtney Roche to end the threat.
Kathryn ended her day with nine strikeouts. She allowed five hits in seven innings and issued a pair of free passes.
Pritchard was almost as impressive. The Lady Hornet junior scattered nine hits in seven frames. Jenn retired nine straight batters at one point and didn’t allow a run until the top of the 7th.
The Red & Black staged a mini-rally in the bottom of the 6th. Brittany Kriner worked a walk, but seemed destined to die at first when Santoli retired Sara Wolf on a pop-up.
However, Roche came through with a huge 2-out hit. Courtney smoked a line drive just inside the third base bag. Kriner was off & running with the pitch and Coach Patrisso waved her home.
Unfortunately for the big home crowd, Prep pulled off a textbook relay and Brittany was gunned down at the dish.
“We had to try and score her,” Coach Patrisso said. “We always try to put pressure on the defense; but, give Prep credit: they executed perfectly.”
The Cavs retaliated in the top of the next inning, scoring what proved to be the game-winning runs.
Emma Lake led the way with three hits, including a 2-run single. Katie Caudello chipped in with a pair of base knocks.
Megan Grady, Shelby Martin, Kelly, Roche and Wolf accounted for all of Honesdale’s hits.
This loss to Prep marked the final regular season home game for four veteran players.
Anna Albers, Sara Wolf, Megan Davis and Shelby Martin are all seniors and each is headed for college in the fall.
“They’re a great group of girls,” Coach Patrisso said. “They’ve meant alot to our program. It will be impossible to replace them.”
Albers has been a fixture at second base, while Wolf mans the Hot Corner every game. Davis is a fleet-footed centerfielder and Martin provides depth at first base and DH.
Score by Innings...
SP (9-4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 2
HON (4-8) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0