The Wrightstown Tigers softball team is off to a great start.
In a back and forth battle with the Zephyrs of St. Mary’s Central, the Tigers came out on top with a 7-5 victory on Thursday.
Ali Verbeten led the way for the Tigers (1-0 Olympian Conference, 2-0 overall). The sophomore went 3 for 4 at the plate on the day, with two singles and a double. She drove in a run as well.
“Ali has picked up right where she left off last season with her hot bat. She works hard in the off season and the results show, she is leading the team in hitting right now with a .636 batting average, 1.000 slugging percentage with 2 doubles and a triple over the first 3 games,” said Tiger head coach Brad Linzmeier. “Ali is definitely a huge spark in our lineup; she is a clutch hitter and has been coming up with big, timely hits for us so far this season.”
A single and stolen base from Lindsay Neinas got the scoring started for the Tigers. Wrenn Tanck also came around to score on a two-run error by the Zephyrs. More runs came home for the Tigers when Stephanie Boyland scored on a groundout by Savanah Breucker.
We are getting some nice production up and down our lineup. Neinas and Tanck are hitting the ball hard; Verbeten, Linzmeier and Boyland have been very consistent at the plate with good on base percentages,” Linzmeier said. “We’re happy with our fast start but we know we have to continue to work hard in practice and get better on the defensive end.”
The Zephyrs refused to go away quietly, though. They slowly chipped away at the early lead of the Tigers, scoring runs in the second, fourth, and fifth innings. The run in the fourth inning gave St. Mary’s the lead by one, and scored one more in the fifth to give them a two run lead. The Tiger bats came alive again, however, scoring four runs in the last two innings to seal the victory.
Although they posted the Victory, Linzmeier was not happy with the defensive play of his squad.
“We have yet to play a solid game defensively. I knew coming in that was going to be our biggest question mark,” Linzmeier said. “We need to solidify our defense and make teams earn runs on us. We have been extending innings for teams with some defensive mistakes and that has turned into some unearned runs making these last few games closer than they needed to be, we need to continue to improve on the defensive end.”
With the Victory, the Tigers moved to 1-0 in the Olympian Conference and 2-0 overall. They take on the Reedsville Panthers on Tuesday. Game time is 4:30.