Mane Creations started off the Honesdale Missy Softball season slowly, but built up momentum as the schedule unfolded.
On Thursday evening at the HHS Athletic Complex diamond, the Angels closed out the campaign is spectacular fashion.
Coach Eric Cooley’s girls scored early & often against BGM?Fastener in the Junior Division championship game. In fact, the Angels scored in every inning but one en route to a domina-ting 14-2 victory.
“Right from the get-go, I?knew this was a talented bunch,” Coach Cooley told TWI Sports. “We improved all season long and I?knew if we got into the playoffs, we’d do some damage.”
With this title tilt triumph, Mane Creations closed out the season with an overall record of 10-4.
On the Field
BGM?Fastener came into this contest as the odds-on favorite thanks to a stellar regular season run.
The Chicks finished first in the standings and earned the #1 play off seed. Coach Judy Goyette’s team then punched its ticket to the championship game with a 6-4 win over a scrappy Express squad.
“This was really an awesome group of girls,” Coach Goyette said. “They pulled together so well as a team and improved so much from the start of the season.”
On this particular day, however, the Angels dominated right from the top of the first inning. Mane Creations rolled in to the title tilt fresh off a 15-3 thrashing of the Marlins in the semis.
Eva Cooley ignited Mane Creations’ initial uprising, beating out an infield single in the top of the first.
Chloe Nicolini, Kaitlin Price and Mandy Gunuskey followed with three straight hits, catapulting the Angels to an early 3-0 lead.
Gunuskey headed to the circle as Mane Creations’ starting pitcher and eventually earned the decision. Mandy worked two innings before handing the ball of to Price who pitched the next three. Cooley came on in the sixth and closed out the contest.
Mia Land drew the starting nod for BGM?Fastener and absorbed the loss. Lydia Grossman, Brianna Weist, Sophia Goyette and Lydia Grossman also took turns on the mound for the Angels.
Mane Creations pushed its advantage to 5-0 with two runs in the second.
Price was once again the focal point of the attack. Kaitlin ripped an RBI?double and eventually came in to score as well. She finished up her night with five hits, three RBIs and five runs.
“Kaitlin is probably our best all-round athlete,”?said Coach Cooley. “She usually hits the ball hard and drives in a bunch of runs.”
Nicolini also did some serious damage for the Angels. Chloe reached base five straight times and tallied five times.
Page 2 of 2 - Cooley played the role of table setter all game long for these Mane Creation’s big boppers. Eva found her way aboard four times and accounted for three runs.
Gunuskey and McElroy also earned rave reviews from their coach.
Mandy ripped three base hits and piled up four RBIs, while Hailey roped two hits, scored once and contributed several stellar plays defensively.
For BGM Fastener, Johannes and Watson led the offensive assault. Kiersten singled and scored in the bottom of the third inning. Isabella reached safely and tallied in the home half of the fifth.
Score by Innings...
Angels (10-4) 3 2 0 3 3 3 - 14
Chicks (12-3) 0 0 1 0 1 0 - 2