Western Wayne varsity softball team is headed in the right direction

Western Wayne has taken its lumps this spring on the local high school softball scene.

Youth and inexperience have cost the Lady ‘Cats dearly at times in the always rugged Lackawanna League.

However, with veteran skipper Joe Romanowski at the helm, the local lasses are making strides and building for the future.

“Confidence is so important at this level and we just aren’t quite there yet,” he said on the heels of a tough loss at Honesdale.

“We can play with just about anybody for three, four even five innings. But, then we have that one bad inning and things snowball on us.”

That’s an accurate description of Monday’s game ... a game the Lady ‘Cats led 2-0 through three, but ended up losing 11-2.

“First of all, we’re starting a bunch of freshmen and sophomores who are still learning,” Coach Romanowski said. “And secondly, we don’t have that dominant pitcher who can take over a game.”

What Western Wayne does possess, though, is a core group of talented youngsters that shows tantalizing flashes of brilliance.

Players like Kaeli Romanowski, Kennedy Mistishin, Alex Gravine, Makenzie Rose and Kristi Kromko will all be back next season ... a year older and a year wiser.

“It’s all about experience, confidence and game awareness,” Coach Romanowski said.

“We execute well during practice, but then sometimes during games we fall flat on our face. It’ll come, though. These are great kids and they work hard every day.”

Leadership

Western Wayne leapt out to an early advantage in Monday afteroon's game at Honesdale.

The Lady ‘Cats scratched out a run in the second and another in the third off Hornet ace Marissa Gregory.

Gravine ignited the first rally by reaching on an error, swiping second and then scampering home on another miscue.

Romanowski stepped up in the top of the third and promptly smoked a triple. Two pitches later, Kaeli trotted in courtesy of Vaeda Pontosky’s RBI single.

“Little Romo can really swing it,” Coach Romanowski said of his daughter with a smile. “And Vaeda has really been one of our bright spots this year.”

They’re a dynamic duo, especially at the dish. Romanowski leads the squad in hitting, while Pontosky is tied for the top spot in both extra base hits and RBIs.

Rose drew the starting nod and pitched well into the third before the wheels came off.

“Makenzie’s mechanics are a little bit out of whack right now,” Coach Romanowski said. “But you gotta tip your hat to the kid. She gutted it out and never quit trying.”

Unfortunately for Western Wayne, a deep and senior-laden Honesdale squad eventually unleashed it potent offense.

The Hornets scored 11 unanswered runs en route to a lopsided victory.

Looking Ahead

The Lady ‘Cats Head into the final weekend of the regular season looking to tally a few more wins.

Western Wayne is 1-9 in Lackawanna League Division II action. Coach Romanowski’s team is 2-11 overall and 13th in the District Two Class 4A power rankings.

“Most of the time I feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” he said.

“Today was a little bit rough, but we’ll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and live to fight another day.”