Honesdale's girls varsity softball team exploded out of the gate in Monday's District Two Class AAA play-off opener. The Lady Hornets dominated this match-up at West Scranton, rolling to an eventual 15-0 victory.
The Lady Hornets took a trip to West Scranton’s softball diamond with fire in their eyes.
Honesdale hammered out a 15-0 victory over the home team Invaders in their first steps toward a District II Class AAA Championship.
I arrived on the scene just in time to catch the beginning of another outburst of runs for the Lady Hornets.
Honesdale was in the first round of playoff action Monday night against West Scranton and they proved to be the far superior team.
When I showed up at the game I was just there to support my younger sister, but that soon changed. As I approached the dugout, I was greeted by my good friend the "smiley" Megan Davis.
“We played well I was really proud of how well all the girls hit,” said Davis.
Megan is one of the team’s captains and was very happy...as were the rest of her teammates because the team had the second round of the playoffs in sight.
At the conclusion of the 15-0 Red & Black victory I called "the boss" (TWI Sports Editor Kevin Edwards) to ask if I could scoop the coverage on the game. He assented and the creative wheels began to turn.
The Hornets were at bat first and quickly crushed the Invaders’ hopes with a 6-run uprising.
In the huddle, the girls made it clear their goal was to go out and show West who was in charge. Coach Patrisso specifically said one of the things the girls like about being the "away" team is this: they get the first chance to bat and leave the opposition in a hole.
Jenn Pritchard then took the mound for the Hornets and began her dominating afternoon.
On paper it may not look all that impressive, but when you consider the game was only 4-innings it shows you she had a solid showing. Pritchard allowed one hit, fanned four and didn't allow a run in four innings.
This dominating performance along with a spike in Pritchard’s velocity could mean good things for the Red & Black.
In the second inning the Hornets only scored three and they were help scoreless again in the third, then came the fourth. In the fourth inning the gals stung West side for another 6 runs putting the game at 15-0.
The Hornets scored these 15 runs on the hot hitting of: Brittany Kriner 3-4, Courtney Roche 2-3 and Megan Davis 2-3. These three combined for seven of the team’s 12 hits.
Coach Patrisso said Courtney leads the league in doubles and Kriner’s “on a tear.” He gave Brittany plenty of credit for the way she runs, bunts, hits and steals to help the team win games.
The Hornets' next game will be on Wednesday at Tunkhannock.
The Tigers are the #1 seed in this year’s Class AAA tournament and present a real challenge the Hornets.
During the season, Tunkhannock barely squeaked by the Abington Heights Comets. This is important because the Hornets split their season series with the Comets.
Honesdale posted a 7-4 win and 5-2 loss. With hot bats and improving pitching this is a very winnable game for the 9th seeded Hornets.
Score by Innings...
HON (7-8) 6 3 0 6 - 15
WS (6-9) 0 0 0 0 - 0