Softball: Bats are booming for 3-0 Tartans
SCOTIA Three games into the season, the hits and runs keep coming for the Scotia-Glenville softball season.
The Lady Tartans got at least a hit, run or RBI from each of their starters to beat visiting Schenectady, 20-2, on Monday. The win was the third in as many games for Scotia, which used 13 hits, nine walks and five Schenectady errors to end the game after four innings.
With a young team, Scotia coach Eric McNulty is banking on his team’s bats to counter whatever problems crop up defensively.
“They’re very susceptible to errors, because they’re a young group,” said McNulty, whose team had 25 hits in beating Amsterdam twice last week. “And probably a third of them are only seasonal players. To make up for that, you’ve got to get your bats going.”
After Sam Mahoski gave Schenectady a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run to center field, Scotia scored four runs without the benefit of a hit in its half of the first inning.
Jennifer Mayette’s two-run triple keyed a five-run second inning, with Erica McNulty, Allison Stuart and Kayleigh Miles adding RBI base hits.
“I expect our hitting will be a lot better this year,” said Erica McNulty, who pitched the first three innings and hit in the cleanup spot.
Julie Myers, who hit leadoff for Scotia, agreed.
“I like how when we start hitting, we keep going,” she said. “It’s just not one person or two people like it was last year. Everyone’s hitting, and we’re staying positive throughout the game.”
Catcher Julianna Ferrari also senses a different feeling this spring.
“We’re doing a lot better than last year,” she said. “Last year, only a couple of people hit. This year, more people are hitting.”
“We work very hard on that,” said Eric McNulty. “We hit every single practice. We make a point of it.”
Ferrari was one of four Scotia players with multiple hits on Monday. She drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a pair of RBI singles.
Kayleigh Mills, hitting behind Ferrari in the lineup, had three singles and drove in two runs. Mayette also drove in three runs.
Mahoski, the second and final Schenectady hitter to reach base, is one of the few veteran players first-year varsity coach Kristy Mazzariello inherited from a 2011 team which qualfied for the Class AA sectional tournament.
“We have to rebuild this year,” said Mazzariello, who was the program’s junior varsity coach the past three years. ”We lost seven seniors. We’re young. “
That inexperience showed Monday, as the new group of outfielders misplayed several balls in the Patriots’ season opener.
“They’re still learning. They haven’t played together,” Mazzariello said.
Scotia is looking to qualify for the Class A sectionals, after missing out last spring.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t be better,” said Ferrari, who was a starter on Scotia’s girls’ basketball team that went unbeaten in Foothills play and reached the Class A championship game.
“I want us to be well over .500, and get these girls into the sectionals. There’s no reason why this group can’t,” said Eric McNulty. “If they can keep hitting, and cut down on some of the errors, they should do well.”
League play begins Thursday for the Lady Tartans, who host Queensbury in the first of three straight league home games.
Schenectady hosts Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake today, and plays at Glens Falls on Wednesday before opening its Big 10 season Monday at Troy.
“I don’t know if it was nerves today, or what it was. We had a lot of errors. We lost the game on errors,” said Mazzariello. “We’ll brush this game off, but we’ve got to do some tweaking.”
Schenectady 200 0 — 2 1 5
Scotia-Glenville 456 5 — 20 13 0
Kinzel, Wood (2) and Boghosian; McNulty, Mayette (4) and Ferrari, Miles (4).