Here’s the commentary and analysis from Rob:
First off, let me start off by saying wow it was cold sitting in the stands at the Horace Greeley-Harrison softball game today. When the sun was out, it wasn’t as bad, but unfortunately the sun spent most of the game hiding behind the clouds, with the wind making matters worse.
But anyway enough about the weather, let’s get to the analysis of a great game that went down to the wire, with Harrison beating Horace Greeley 3-2.
In the second meeting of the season between the two teams, the Quakers made some appropriate adjustments from their 4-0 loss last Friday and were able to give the Huskies an even tougher matchup this time around.
Horace Greeley pitcher Jamie Weisser gave up three runs in the first two innings at the start of the game, but then had settled down to stump the Harrison bats for the remainder of the game, especially in the sixth inning
when Weisser struck out the side. She finished with five strikeouts through six innings in a solid effort in the circle.
It just so happens that the damage had already been done by the Huskies, who were able to withstand the Greeley rally with some key defensive plays.
Ally Brabant led the offensive charge going 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. It was Brabant’s RBI single in the second inning that became the eventual winning run for Harrison, as Brabant knocked
in Jenna Webb to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead at the time.
Alijah Webb and Gigi LoDolce each had an RBI in the win.
With her 50th career victory, Ashley Marino became the all-time win leader for Harrison. Marino allowed an earned run on six hits and struck out 10 batters in seven innings pitched.
She got into some trouble in the third and fifth innings, but managed to escape from some jams to keep the Quakers scoreless through five innings.
The top of the seventh got a bit interesting with the tying run on second base, but catcher LoDolce saved the game with a solid defensive play on a bunt attempt for the final out of the game.
My Game Ball goes to Ashley Marino for her strong pitching performance, battling not just the Horace Greeley bats, but the elements as well. It was a well-deserved win for Harrison and she definitely earned her 50th career
win. Congratulations Ashley.