Lourdes halfway to playoffs with win over Marian
MOUNT CARMEL - Lourdes has been in a bunch of blowouts already this year, both the good and the bad kind.
Losses to Williams Valley and Minersville, by 10 and 11 runs, respectively, balance the Red Raiders' three, after Thursday make that four, mercy-rule wins.
Thursday was another double-digit win for Lourdes, 11-1 in a Schuylkill League Division II-III crossover game against Marian Catholic.
The Red Raiders displayed an ability to get on base and score runs all through the lineup, as well as the defensive prowess to allow pitcher CharLee Rosini to just pitch and not be perfect - both important aspects of being able to finish teams off early.
"We are playing well," Lourdes head coach Scott Long said. "We faced good pitching today and we've been pounding it into the girls to keep the pressure on their defense and put balls in play. We only had one strikeout today, and that's awesome. We've come a long way."
And for their efforts, the Red Raiders (5-3) are halfway to earning a second-straight District 4 playoff berth.
Lourdes started its offensive march right away.
After Rosini sat down the first three Fillies she faced, the Red Raiders scored four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back.
Peyton Klembara, who scored three runs, got on base thanks to a bobble by the Fillies' shortstop. Emily Long, who had three hits and scored three runs, doubled to center and both runners scored when Rosini singled up the middle.
Rosini's single was followed by singles by Caity Funk and a bunt by Jayme Lentini.
Rosini was tagged out at home on a fielder's choice, but Funk and Lentini both scored on a single by Kara Keuhner.
Of the Red Raiders' 12 hits, most were sharply hit balls through the middle, or bunts that the Raiders legged out.
"We hit a lot of hard balls," Scott Long said. "And another part of our game that has come along is our small ball game, which is a big part of fast-pitch softball. The girls are doing an excellent job getting the bunts down, not only to move the runners but they're ending up on base, also."
Marian's Bethany Shaud quieted Lourdes' bats for the the next two innings, but the Red Raiders struck quickly in the fourth inning, scoring three runs and then closing the game out with four more runs in the fifth.
As far as Marian went, Rosini made pitches and was backed up by her defense. The Red Raiders committed just one error, while Rosini walked just two Fillies.
For a team with six new starters on defense, that's not bad.
"We have an awful lot of new starters and I was concerned at our lack of experience," Long said, "but the girls have worked hard and come a long way."
MARIAN CATHOLIC (AB-R-H-BI) - Cann 3-0-0-0, Faust 3-0-2-1, Nemeth 3-0-0-0, Hill 2-0-0-0, Stankiewitch 1-0-1-0, Pearson 2-0-0-0, Shaud 2-0-1-0, Galassa 1-0-0-0, Massington 1-0-0-0, Kowker 1-0-0-0, Makowiec 0-1-0-0. Totals 19-1-4-1.
LOURDES (AB-R-H-BI) - Klembara 3-3-0-0, E. Long 4-3-3-2, Rosini 4-1-2-3, Funk 4-2-3-2, Lentini 4-1-2-1, G. Long 3-0-0-0, Keuhner 2-0-1-2, Avellino 0-0-0-0, Spangler 1-1-1-0, Pennypacker 2-0-0-0. Totals 27-11-12-10.
Extra-base hits: 2B - E. Long.
IP H R ER BB K
Shaud 4.1 12 11 9 3 1
Rosini (4-2) 5 4 1 1 2 2