By Sarah Kutchko
The warm temperatures, beaches and cookouts were not the only reasons the Lady Lions traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC. Penn State New Kensington’s softball team was eager to show off what they have been practicing in the gym against some hard competitors. They wanted to get a couple wins right off the bat, literally.
Finishing 2-5 in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic was not exactly the record the girls wanted to bring home, but it certainly brought up their expectations for how they played throughout the week.
Coach Mike Marsili was “pleased,but not satisfied.”
He knows that with conference competition starting in just about a week they are not fully ready to hit the diamond.They will continue to practice on Elks Field, a short distance from the campus, until they play a scrimmage against Chatham University on March 24. One challenge that the girls have is keeping the field filled with players. They have one substitute, so any injuries could be a cause for a difficult season.
“A winning season is definitely possible if we all stay healthy throughout the season,” said starting pitcher Tarra Oravec.
Oravec had a .416 batting average, three doubles, one home run, and five RBI’s. She looks forward to pitching this season and tallying an impressive record.
Starting pitcher Jenna Swank is also very confident about the upcoming season. She finished the week with a .363 batting average, three doubles, and two RBI’s.
“This trip was really beneficial because it gave us a chance to play together as a team before the season started,” Swanksaid. “I think we played really well down there considering it was the first time we got on the field and the first time we’ve played together. And I think since we got to go down and get a head start on the season, it will hopefully give us a better shot at making the playoffs.”
Shortstop Bridget Fisher finished with a .250 batting average and is eager to see how team comes together.
“I think it really made us come together as a team and gives us a good idea about the season ahead of us,”Fisher said. “I thought it was a good experience for all of us, too.”
Editor’s note: The Lady Lions home opener at Wolf Pack Park is on March 31 against Penn State Scranton at 1:00 p.m.. Their next home game is April 5 against Carlow at 3:00 p.m. The team invites you to see what they do best.