Honesdale's varsity softball squad closed out its season on a sour note Tuesday in the Electric City. The Lady Hornets suffered a 6-0 shutout at the hands of the Invaders in this Class AAA quarterfinal contest.
Honesdale’s hopes at a title run ended in a rainy first round exit to the West Scranton Invaders after a 6-0 loss on Tuesday.
The Lady Hornets were hopeful they could come away with a victory traveling to the Electric City after defeating the Invaders twice this season. Unfortunately, the third time wasn’t a charm for the Red & Black.
“We beat West twice during the regular season and it’s very hard to beat a good team like that three times,” said Coach Dave Patrisso.
The two previous games between these teams went down to the wire. Honesdale was victorious in both efforts with 3-2 and 1-0 wins, but tonight just wasn’t their night.
On the Diamond
The Hornets sent their ace Jennifer Pritchard to the mound who pitched well in the two previous outings against the Invaders.
Pritchard kept the Invaders in check until the fourth when they scored their first two runs.
Jenn turned in another complete game effort. The big senior righty went six innings and scattered eight hits. Pritchard was nicked for six runs, four of which were earned.
She walked three and whiffed two along the way.
Pritchard also received some Gold Glove defense behind her. First baseman Jessica Zaccari and right fielder Kacie Johannes each came up with a highlight reel play to keep the Lady Hornets close.
Honesdale went to bat in the top of the fifth looking to push across some runs of their own.
Sadly for a big group of fans who made the trip, the Red & Black went down in order and West rode momentum into the bottom of the fifth.
West Scranton scored their last four runs in the fifth thanks to some costly errors, a few key hits and a big homerun.
Honesdale would go quietly in the final two frames.
The only inning Honesdale really threatened was in the fourth when they had bases loaded and one out and couldn’t manage to score a run.
Meghan Grady, Pritchard, Natalie O’Reilly, Jess Zaccari, Stellie Tasselmyer and Kori Williams each had one hit for the Red & Black. Kacie Johannes was the only lady Hornet with more than one hit (2).
“You never want to end the season with a loss,” said head coach Dave Patrisso.
“Unfortunately only one team can end with a win and that’s the state champions.”
It’s never fun to end the season with a loss in the rain, but with only four girls in the starting lineup graduating, the sun is shining and the future looks bright for the Red & Black.
Score by Innings...
HON (5-10) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
WES (7-9) 0 0 0 2 4 0 x - 6