Wis­sahickon hits its way past Magic

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Tim Hindin

Mount St. Joseph trav­eled to coach Bill Thomp­son’s for­mer stomp­ing grounds, Wis­sahickon, Mon­day af­ter­noon for a non-league game. Mount pounded its way to a 9-2 win over Thomp­son’s for­mer team, tal­ly­ing seven ex­tra base hits in the win.

MSJ got pro­duc­tion from nearly ev­ery spot in its lineup as eight of the nine batting po­si­tions scored a run and pro­duced a hit. The Magic got great pro­duc­tion from lead­off hit­ter Sammi Burns, who was three-for-four with an RBI and a run scored, and eight-hole hit­ter Becky Bar­ton, who went two-for-four with three RBIs.

“We came out and we said to­day that we had to be re­ally fo­cused at the [plate],” Thomp­son said. “We had to work on a lot of new plays, get our bunts down, try to get our squeeze plays done, try to get our short game work­ing, fake bunt slaps and I think we did that.”

Mount got out to fast start, grab­bing four runs in the first in­ning and cap­i­tal­iz­ing off of a Wis­sahickon er­ror. Through the fifth in­ning, MSJ scored seven runs, all com­ing in two in­nings. Not co­in­ci­den­tally, the two big Magic in­nings came in an in­ning in which the Tro­jans com­mit­ted an er­ror.

“It’s just about get­ting reps and the girls get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence,” Wis­sahickon coach Crys­tal Rae States said. “When you put run­ners on and they get big hits, it re­ally puts a lot of pres­sure on you. Even if it’s one run­ner and they get a lead­off dou­ble, it’s like, ‘Oh my good­ness, she’s in scor­ing po­si­tion.’”

Wis­sahickon’s most of­fen­sively threat­en­ing po­si­tion in the game came in the sixth in­ning. The Tro­jans loaded the bases with zero outs. How­ever, Wis­sahickon was only able to plate one run as Magic pitcher Kai­ley Kara­bin got her­self out of the jam, col­lect­ing two of her 12 strike­outs in the in­ning.

“She played great,” Thomp­son said of Kara­bin. “She’s a sopho­more, and we’re look­ing to hav­ing her for an­other cou­ple years and she did a great job to­day.”

Wis­sahickon now falls to 0-8 on the sea­son, but the tough lessons learned are all part of the “process,” ex­plained States.

“As I’ve been say­ing all sea­son it’s just a process,” States said. “We had some re­ally qual­ity at bats. It’s a lot bet­ter, we keep im­prov­ing and we’re get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day.”

For MSJ (3-5, 2-3), it will have a big game on Thurs­day when it takes on league ri­val Nazareth in a game that Thomp­son hopes will give him a nice birth­day present.

“I’ve been in this league a long time and Nazareth has tor­mented me for many years,” Thomp­son said. “We al­most had them in the first game and we just didn’t have the juice to put it away at the very end. We’re go­ing out for blood this time and so hope­fully we can put this thing away.”

For 21st Century Me­dia / JONATHAN VAN­DER LUGT

Ger­man­town Academy’s Olivia Gor­man de­liv­ers a pitch to Spring­side Chest­nut Hill Academy’s Erica Sch­midt dur­ing Thurs­day’s In­ter-Ac League ac­tion.

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