KENSINGTON – Despite a late start and weather conditions, the Einstein High School softball team took care of business at home and steamrolled Wheaton, 16-4, in four and two-thirds of an inning on April 6.
The rivals looked to play a competitive game but early on, the Lady Titans established control against the visitors as pitcher Annona Farello struck out the side in the top-half. When it was their turn to bat, Einstein’s bats came alive.
First, second baseman Jamie Reyes hit an RBI single that drove in shortstop Carmela Vecchio. Then, the Lady Titans followed up with outfielder Myrka Batres signalling to send another run home, and finally, outfielder Eden Adhanom’s small hit gave Einstein an early 3-0 lead.
“The team played pretty well all-around on offense and defense,” said Einstein Head Coach Anthony Nappo.
After retiring the next set of Wheaton batters in the second inning, Farello fired a base hit hard into the outfield, sending outfielder Georgia Broitman home. Reyes returned to bat and got her second RBI single that extended their insurmountable lead to 5-0.
“We hit really well up and down the lineup,” said Nappo. “I can’t say enough about how our players have worked this season on hitting the ball. It’s something we’ve worked on in practice and it paid off today.”
The Lady Knights showed a sign of life in the top of the third when third baseman Caroline Ganchozo hit a blooper single that ended up driving home three runs, driving down Wheaton’s deficit to two runs.
“That’s something that we’re continuing to be working on is our hitting and our batting and how our scorers go,” said Wheaton Head Coach Katie Mettee. “I’m really proud of some of the hits they got.”
In the bottom of the third, Einstein’s bats went off once again, as eight total runs were scored to extend the rout to 13-3. A highlight of the inning was when third baseman Kylee Sebens hit a three-run inside-the-park home run.
“I tried to just keep my eye on the ball all the way through,” Sebens said about the home run. “And I just tried to put all my body weight on it so it would go past everybody else.”
Reyes continued her excellent day at the plate, smashing her third RBI single and also drove in her teammate Vecchio in the bottom of the fourth. When asked about her hitting performance, the second baseman was quick to give credit to Nappo who has helped her develop her swing in the preseason and in batting practice.
“He really stresses hitting during practices,” said Reyes. “And you just have to take that to the field every time.”
In addition to solid hitting, Farello was phenomenal on the mound, as she struck out 10 batters. Nappo called his pitcher’s performance a “dominating” one and expects her to continue the positive momentum moving forward.
The Lady Knights added one more run in the fourth inning before going 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth, ending the game via the mercy rule.
“My girls played well,” said Mettee. “They definitely have some room for improvement. It’s something that we’ve talked about a lot. I’m glad that they showed off their skill and were able to compete.”