Lancaster softball showing off robust hitting one to nine
Sunday May 12, 2013 | By:Mike Pidanick, Metro Source | Sports
If a softball pitcher is in a jam, she’s probably hoping to minimize the damage until she can get to the weak spot in the opposition’s lineup.
But if she’s facing Lancaster, she’s going to be waiting for a while.
The Redskins’ lineup has been torrid from top to bottom and that has them thinking big as the postseason looms.
“There’s a different hero every day,” Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose said. “And that’s great to see. We don’t have to rely on one girl; everyone can get the job done.”
Through 12 games, nine Redskins’ starters were hitting at least .290 and Lancaster was hitting .318 as a team. The Redskins collected a total of 123 hits and 81 runs.
“Everyone in our lineup has a good stick,” said senior catcher Emily Bagley, whose hitting .400 this season. “We know we can count on whoever’s up.”
Bagley’s one of two Redskins hitting at least .400, joining sophomore Julia Sortisio (.410).
Those above .300 include: sophomore third baseman Emily Ast (.364), senior shortstop Amanda Gallo (.318), sophomore outfielder Olivia Jankowski (.317), pitcher/infielder Hannah Turek is hitting .375, second baseman Bethany Wedmore (.391). Senior pitcher/first baseman Breanna Opera is at .296 and slugging a robust .444.
“Our hitting has been great,” Opera said. “Everyone’s been doing really well. Hopefully we can keep it up.”
The Redskins have done it all at the plate — and in the field, too. Four different pitchers have been effective in the circle for Lancaster and many of the players can play multiple positions at a high level.
“Everyone seems to be a jack-of-all trades,” Ambrose said. “We don’t have anyone that just specializes in one thing, we have a lot of versatile players and that helps us out.”
That has the Redskins at 9-3 overall and 9-2 in ECIC-I. Among the highlights of the recent surge was a win over defending state champion Clarence, the Red Devils first loss since Lancaster beat them early last year.
“There are a lot of important games coming up,” Ambrose said. “But if we can keep playing well as a team the sky’s really the limit for us.”
And the Redskins are indeed aiming sky-high this season.
“Hopefully we can keep winning,” Opera said. “We want to get to states this season.”
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