Softball: Heritage Scores Early and Often to Knock Park View Out of Conference 21B Playoffs

0
Photo by Owen Gotimer

Photo by Owen Gotimer

By Owen Gotimer
LoCoSports Editor-in-Chief
[twitter-follow screen_name=’BigO_Gotimer’]

Leesburg (May 19, 2016) — In the first inning, the Heritage High School softball team reached base safely in twelve straight plate appearances, scored eleven runs and gave Pride junior ace Emily McCarty all of the run support she would need to take down the Patriots, 17-0, in their Conference 21B quarterfinal clash with Park View High School on May 18 in Leesburg.

“We haven’t been supporting Emily as much as we should be,” Heritage head coach Courtney Aubel said. “I think, in this game, we really wanted to show Emily that going into the playoffs we have her back.”

LoCoMusingsBannerMcCarty actually got the Pride scoring started when she singled in senior centerfielder Amy Zibrowski to give Heritage a 1-0 lead just four batters into the game. McCarty then stole second base and a throw by the catcher trying to catch McCarty plated senior shortstop Kaly Winslow – who reached on a bloop single to centerfield – as the Pride were in full motion.

“I just went up there trying to think about having some quality at-bats, being smart up there and getting some runs on the board,” said Winslow who is committed to play softball at North Carolina at Wilmington.

Heritage junior Emily McCarty struck out nine Patriots in the Pride's decisive, 17-0, win over Park View on May 18 in Leesburg. Photo by Owen Gotimer.

Heritage junior Emily McCarty struck out nine Patriots in the Pride’s decisive, 17-0, win over Park View on May 18 in Leesburg. Photo by Owen Gotimer.

The eleven-run first inning was capped off when Mary Washington-commit Courtney Shea hit a line drive double to left field scoring Winslow and McCarty’s courtesy runner freshman Abigail Iandolo – for the second time each in the first inning.

The eleven runs would prove to be all of the run support McCarty would need in the circle for Heritage as she cruised through her five innings of work allowing just one hit while striking out nine.

After the first inning, the Pride’s offensive attack slowed, but didn’t halt as Heritage scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings after going three-up-three-down in the bottom of the second.

Heritage senior Kaly Winslow went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBI in the Pride's Conference 21B quarterfinal win over the Patriots. Photo by Owen Gotimer.

Heritage senior Kaly Winslow went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBI in the Pride’s Conference 21B quarterfinal win over the Patriots. Photo by Owen Gotimer.

“The most important thing is we have to keep our energy up the whole game because that’s been a tough thing for us all year,” Aubel said. “We really want to beat County, so we’re going to come out strong.”

On May 20, Heritage will travel to Loudoun County High School for the Pride’s third match up of the season with their crosstown rival Lady Raiders. The stakes in this rivalry game are much higher than the first two rounds: the winner advances to the Conference 21B championship.

“We’ve had really good practices, and we’ve stayed in really good shape all year,” Aubel said. “We have a really good group of seniors who are really good captains and who have led their teammates to a really good season.”

Offensively:
Heritage
Overton 0-3, ROE, R, SB
Zibrowski 0-1, ROE, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 SB
Winslow 3-3, 3B, HBP, 4 R, 2 RBI, SB
McCarty 3-3, 3B, BB, 3 R, 4 RBI
Giannini 1-3, sac fly, ROE, R, RBI
Shea 1-4, 2B, ROE, R, 3 RBI
Gallagher 0-2, BB, R
Spann 0-2, sac fly, R, RBI, SB
Champ 1-2, RBI
Goulet 0-1, ROE, R, SB
Kopp 1-1, R
Iandolo 0-1, SB

Park View
Gertig 0-2
Scofield 0-2, 2 K
Mills 1-2, ROE
Daniels 0-2, 2 K
Bladen 0-2, 2 K
April 0-2
Vasquez Zelaya 0-2
Portillo 0-2, 2 K
Garcia-Morales 0-1, K

Pitching:
Heritage
McCarty 5 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 9 K

Park View
Daniels L 3 IP, 14 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 0 K
Mills 1 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP

Share.

About Author

Owen Gotimer has a passion for helping people grow and self-educate through new media. Owen spent his college years at Syracuse University, where he studied broadcast and digital journalism in the renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications. In his "free time", Owen volunteers as a varsity baseball coach at John Champe and is the president of the Jeffrey C. Fowler Memorial Scholarship.

Comments are closed.