Trojans beat Becahi
Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.
“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”
Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa Jimenez who had a bunt single.
“I saw the pitch coming in, and I had been struggling a little in our first scrimmage, but my coach helped me out. I didn’t drop my elbow and kept my hands up a little higher,” said Lopez. “It felt really good. I was so excited for today.”
In the top of the third inning, Parkland third baseman Chelsea Morgan singled into the outfield, stole second base on a wild pitch, and later was safe at third base on a Becahi error. Morgan scored on a single by catcher Riley Tremblay.
Parkland shortstop Steph Heppel had an RBI double to center field in the same inning, scoring Morgan Maguire who was running for Shauna Frank, who had walked.
“I was just looking for the right pitch to hit, and I saw it and timed it right,” said Heppel. “It was exciting, and it felt good, and I got more confidence out of that.”
Becahi coach Rich Mazza brought in pitcher Tatum Kresly to replace Alexa Panuccio in the fourth inning.
“We have two nice pitchers, and I thought we played great,” Mazza said. “Both teams hit, but theirs fell in, and ours were hit right to people,” Mazza said. “Today was only our fourth time on the field, and there’s no question [Parkland’s games in Florida helped them], and it’s great they got to go there, but I think we’re gonna’ be OK.”
Parkland center fielder Madison Holub made two run-saving catches in the game.
“The line drive definitely was the hardest,” she said. “They’re the hardest ones to judge. The other one, I knew our left fielder had my back. I think some nerves were running a little high for this game, but we practice a lot.”
Becahi had two base hits in the bottom of the sixth inning, one by Morgan Christine and the other by Cate Erickson.
The Hawks are scheduled to travel to Liberty on Thursday, and the Trojans are scheduled to host Emmaus on Thursday.