IN THE DUGOUT NOTEBOOK: Holy Cross’ Bradley Zeroing In On Strikeout Mark
Holy Cross junior Jenna Bradley is quietly closing in on a record that has stood since 2006.
The University of
Massachusetts recruit has 236 strikeouts with two regular-season games left, and one, possibly two, district playoff games on the horizon.
Former All-Region Player of the Year Arielle Pruzinsky led Lakeland to the state championship game when she fanned 268 hitters in 2006.
Bradley is averaging
14 strikeouts per game.
North Pocono pitcher Courtney Zaic nearly had a Senior Day to remember… and forget.
Until her team rallied to tie the game on Emily Blaine’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh, Zaic looked to be on the losing end despite not allowing any hits to Honesdale.
Her no-hitter was finally broken up with two outs in the eighth when Honesdale’s Alexa Jones laced a two-out single to right, and North Pocono scored in the bottom of the 10th to win the game and the Lackawanna League Division II title, despite the best efforts of Honesdale’s Sadie Wood.
The Lady Hornets catcher stifled North Pocono’s running game, picking one runner off third, throwing another out attempting to steal second, and then laying down a perfect squeeze bunt to help her team build a 3-1 lead.
“Our battery has been one of our strengths all season long, Honesdale coach Dave Patrisso said. “They kept us in games all season long. Sadie Wood had a terrific game out there today. Threw a runner out, blocked a number of pitches in the dirt.
“There’s a big backstop here. It gets behind you here, you’re giving up at least one base if not more and she didn’t have any passed balls. Her and Marissa (Gregory) work really well together. I’m really proud of what Sadie did behind the plate.”
Lot of respect
Delaware Valley coach Angelo Matz showed a lot of respect for Abington Heights catcher Nina Kozar in Thursday’s Lackawanna League game, issuing her three intentional walks in a 7-0 loss.
Maybe he should have passed that advice along to Williamsport’s coach.
Kozar belted her fourth homer of the season, a grand slam, in Friday’s 15-3 drubbing of the perennially strong Millionaires.
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