Wissahickon hits its way past Magic
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.”
Germantown Academy’s Olivia Gorman delivers a pitch to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Erica Schmidt during Thursday’s Inter-Ac League action.