Honesdale's varsity girls softball team is working hard to prepare for the 2008 Lackawanna League campaign. Under the direction of third year Coach Dave Patrisso, the Lady Hornets will play a brutal Division One schedule.

Last season, under the direction of Coach Dave Patrisso, Honesdale’s girls varsity softball team won 10 games in Lackawanna League action. The Lady Hornets posted an overall record of 14-6 and made a deep run in the District Two play-offs.

The Red & Black were finally eliminated in the Class AAA quarters, dropping a 4-1 decision to eventual champion Abington Heights. This loss was a bitter pill for the local girls to swallow, but one which will provide motivation for the ‘08 campaign.

“We lost some excellent players to graduation, so we’re going to be very young,” Coach Patrisso told TWI Sports. “I think we’re going to rely pretty heavily on our pitching and defense. We’ll have to work hard to scratch out runs, but if we can get three or four a game, we should be in good shape.”

Coach Patrisso’s confidence in his pitching staff is easy to understand once you take a closer look at the front of the rotation. Jenn Edsall and Becky Scull both return and will comprise perhaps the best 1-2 punch in all of Division One. They will also serve as Hornet co-captains.

By the Numbers
Edsall has dominated the Lackawanna League in each of the past two seasons. As a sophomore, she succeeded Megan Corcoran as Honesdale’s #1 starter. Last year, she evolved into the circuit’s premier power pitcher.

In 2007, Edsall logged a team-best 114 innings on her way to a 13-win season. Jenn posted a 3.01 ERA while holding opposition batter to a measly .171 batting average. She fanned a league-high 125 and issued just 60 free passes.

“Jenn just keeps getting better,” said Coach Patrisso. “She’s a very hard worker and very competitive. Jenn practices four or five days a week even in the off-season...and it shows.”

Scull will take the hill any time Edsall needs a breather. Becky is a junior who’s made remarkable progress as a pitcher in just over a year. Scull and Edsall combined to handcuff Mid Valley in Honesdale’s first exhibition game of the season.

The Lady Spartans managed just two hits (one of which was a bunt single) on a cold, windy day. Despite trailing 3-0 heading into the final frame, the Hornets rallied for an eventual 7-3 victory.

Meaghan Almy, last year’s Rookie of the Year, should be one of the focal points of Honesdale’s batting order. Coach Patrisso describes his junior catcher as “cool under pressure” and “a clutch hitter.” He hopes to hit Almy either fourth or fifth.

Leslie Smith is a senior who looks to have won the starting job in centerfield. Smith found her way into several varsity games last season off the bench. She possesses good speed and a penchant for putting the bat on the ball.

Sophomore Megan Davis may well find herself holding down the Hot Corner this spring. A hard-nosed sophomore, Davis will challenge Smith for the lead-off spot.

Around the League
Coach Patrisso sees Delaware Valley and Abington Heights as top contenders for a Division One title this spring. The Lady Hornets should battle it out with the likes of Paupack and West Scranton for runner-up honors.

“We play in an extremely tough league,” he said. “Our youth might hurt us a little bit in the beginning, but I expect that we’re going to get better and better as the season goes along. I’m looking forward to a good season.”