Bollu shines in first varsity start
When Rhett Jacoby isn't on the mound helping the Trojans with his arm, he prefers to do his part with his bat and base running skills.
He didn't throw a pitch in Tuesday' 4-1 win over Hazleton, but the senior scored half of the teams run in the game at Parkland High School.
After hitting a double in the bottom of the second inning, Andrew Roth brought him home with a base hit to put Parkland up 1-0.
Then again in the fourth, Jacoby singled with two outs, advanced to second on a walk by Cullan Wadsworth before coming home on two passed balls to put the Trojans back in front for good after the game was tied at 1-1.
"I got into the box and just told myself do it for the team," said Jacoby. "You have to do what you have to do to get the job done like today. I believe in my team. We believe in each other."
With a stacked schedule over the past two weeks, and a five-game week this week, head coach Tony Galucy has had to throw a lot of different arms.
Tuesday marked Harsha Bollu's first career varsity start, and the sophomore didn't only eat up valuable innings for his team, but he also shined under the bright lights. Bollu went 5 1/3 innings and gave up only one run and two hits in his debut.
Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Parkland's first two batters recorded outs before Jacoby ripped a single into right field.
"Last year we lost to them, so it feels good to come out first time and beat them," Bollu said. "I couldn't really locate my fastball and I was wild early, but then I started hitting the corners and found some rhythm. Hopefully I'll get to pitch more."
After the Wadsworth walk, Roth was hit by a pitch, and senior catcher Dan Zaccaro came up with two runners on base in a 2-1 game.
Zaccaro laced a double into the left-field gap that brought the runners home, and senior Alec Bartholomew came on to shut down the door on the Cougars for the final 1 1/3 innings.
Three more games remained on deck for the Trojans this week, but they look to keep it rolling.
"I think we're kind of excited to just keep playing," said Jacoby. "We've been here before. Last year toward the end of the year our games got bunched together. It's good for our team because we can mesh together and get to know our strengths and weaknesses."