Honesdale avenged an early-season Lackawanna League softball loss Monday evening here in the Maple City. The Lady Hornets used a potent combination of solid pitching, Gold Glove defense & timely hitting in posting a 5-2 win over Paupack.
As the softball game was winding down between archrivals Honesdale and Wallenpaupack Area on Monday, a chant of “three in a row” could be heard from the home dugout.
The Lady Hornets were about to win the contest 5-2. This game made it two straight for the Red and Black...but, they were already looking ahead to their next game.
“This was our second (win) in a row,” Coach Dave Patrisso said. “That chant was to get three in a row. We have three games left and we’re looking to get on a little roll and maybe finish at 500.”
Honesdale’s record is now 4-7 in Division One of the Lackawanna League. Weather permitting, the Red & Black will be back in action this afternoon at North Pocono.
Off & Running
In the first inning the score was tied at one apiece; but, in the bottom half of the third the Hornets took a 3-1 lead.
With bases loaded Jenn Pritchard hit an RBI single. Two batters later, Megan Davis delivered a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1.
The Bucks did manage to score one more run in the 5th when Annie Vega ripped a single through the infield, plating Rachel Ensslen. However, this was the last time Paupack would mount a rally.
Honesdale’s Jenn Pritchard pitched all seven innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out two. Pritchard received some outstanding play on the diamond from her defense...particularly from Anna Albers at second base...who made a diving catch in the 6th inning.
“Jenny pitched a great game today,” said Coach Patrisso. “She was pitching it where they could hit and our girls were tracking it down in the field. “Anna played a really great game at second base. She made a couple of tremendous plays.”
The two teams combin-ed for 18 hits with Honesdale picking up 11 of those...something the Lady Hornets spent some serious time on last week in practice.
“We had a lot of practice because of the rainouts and really focused on hitting, getting a 100 to 150 swings every day,” Coach Patrisso said. “We made good contact with the ball, when you make good contact good things seem to happen.”
Paupack was paced at the plate by Annie Vega and Ashley Wallace with two hits apiece. Rachel Ensslen, Kelly Kirsten & Carly Gustin each had one hit.
“It was a good game but we made a couple of mistakes, a couple of errors,” said Coach Dan Gumble. “I think we did an okay job at the plate. They had a couple of balls go off the edge of gloves and they found holes, but it’s softball and it happens.
The victory by the Hornets evens the series on the season with Paupack. The Lady Bucks won the first outing 2-1 on the shores of The Big Lake.
“It was a really good game for us today,” said Coach Patrisso. “Wallenpaupack beat us 2-1 the first time out so we wanted to get a little revenge on our home field.
“Carly Gustin is a good pitcher and we were hoping to score a few runs off of her and we were able to do that.”
Score by Innings...
WAL (5-8) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 2
HON (4-7) 1 0 2 0 0 2 x - 5