Lady Muskies looks to continue her perfect season in Division II regions
NEW CONCORD – Even before John Glenn High clinched Wednesday night’s thrilling 4-3 win over Tri-Valley to clinch a berth in the Division II regional tournament, the Lady Muskies had a lot of momentum.
A perfect 29-0 record coming in on Wednesday night will do that for you, but now, with how the Lady Muskies hit the 30-0 mark, now know that they have the ability to overcome adversity if necessary. .. more pep in the footsteps of undefeated softball warriors John Glenn.
After all competing in Wednesday’s contest, John Glenn had garnered thanks in 17 of the team’s 29 wins, while also holding 335-52 unbalanced points that had marked the advantage over their opponents.
“It was a different situation the other night,” veteran John Glenn head coach Randy Larrick said during a break in Monday practice. “It was something we haven’t had to do this year yet and maybe it’s kind of a self-confidence knowing we have to do it late… we can. But I certainly prefer that we don’t wait for the seventh round like this. “
“But I think they know that, and I know everyone we face now in the regions is going to be a very good ball club,” added Larrick. “You don’t go to the regions and you don’t have a strong ball club.
John Glenn’s first regional test will come from Athens High School Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Pickerington Central High School.
The Lady Bulldogs will lead a strong 25-5 record in Wednesday’s Division II regional semi-final.
Athens landed her ticket to the regionals when sophomore Olivia Banks threw a three-run, sixth-inning home run, as the No.2 Athens Bulldogs rallied to stun Sheridan, 6-3, last Wednesday in a Division II southeast. District Finals at Trimble High School.
Banks will bring a Red Bat to the Regions after being on base all eight times she’s gone to plate in two District Tournament games, going 5 for 5 with two home runs, one double and three steps against Logan Elm. and Sheridan.
Although Larrick is not really familiar with Athens, he knows they are a talented side if they’ve upset a talented Sheridan side that he knows very well.
“All I really know about them is a scout report I got from Coach Wolfe at Sheridan,” Larrick said. “But there’s no question that they are a solid team if they could beat Sheridan. So we expect to be in a good ball game Wednesday night.”
One thing Coach Wolfe alerted Larrick to was that Athens number one pitcher Ashleigh James likes to throw an upward pitch that can be effective.
“Coach Wolfe said his pitcher James likes to throw a rising ball and the ball moves a little left to right,” Larrick added. “He said she didn’t have blazing speed, but put you off balance.”
So naturally, during Monday’s practice session, Larrick made sure his team were well prepared to take on James with the help of University of Muskingum junior pitcher Hannah Smith who was on hand to pitch. batting practice to the Lady Muskies to give them first-hand insight. a quality ball field.
“We’re lucky to have Hannah Smith here tonight to allow the girls to see the rising ball,” Larrick said. “She’s a really good pitcher and will help the girls a lot and we really appreciate Hannah coming to help us get ready.”
John Glenn will bring their powerful offense which has put up impressive numbers all season with them at the regional ones.
With a robust .458 batting average, six of John Glenn’s top hitters hit around .500, led by second Hannah Bendle (.595), rookie Alivia Boothe (.528), juniors Sydney Johnson (.522) , Brynna “Wheels” Wolford (.505) with junior Abby Buchtel and freshman Sydney Marshall each at .500.
In the power department, the Lady Muskies pitched a total of 47 home runs with Bendle holding a slight lead with 18 over Marshall who hit 17. Boothe belted eight with a team of 56 RBIs. Bendle has 53 RBIs, Marshall adding 48, Buchtel has 35 and Wolford with 32 RBIs.
The rest of John Glenn’s usual starters can also effectively swing the bat with Ryann Snider (.368) and senior Layni Gillespie (.327).
John Glenn’s training is completed by senior Alli Adams, junior Ryann Durben, second Arabella Birkhimer and freshmen Sarah Wayne, Adi Moody and Madeline Winland.
In the pitching department, the Lady Muskies present the talented double from Marshall and Bendle.
Marshall sports a perfect 19-0 mark in 122.1 innings pitched with an ERA of just 1.373 with 19 BBs and a team-high 138 Ks. Bendle is just behind with an 11-0 pitcher mark of 61, 2 rounds with a team leading ERA of 1,249 with 15 BBs and 58 Ks.
Larrick also expressed his gratitude for his valuable coaching staff consisting of Mitch Bendle, Steve Cowgill and Kyle Porter.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had good assistant coaches in the past, “Larrick suggested.” But these three guys are pretty special in what they bring to the table. Steve helped me for years and years before going to Muskingum, so this year he decided to come back and we are so glad to have him. “
John Glenn will take that perfect 30-0 mark in Wednesday’s game with Athens, and Larrick and the Lady Muskies will look to add a few more wins to the impressive tally.
“We’ve got this far and it’s kind of up to us now to see how far we can go,” Larrick said. “It will be a good test for us, and I still think that every season we have done well if we qualify for the regional ones. But I’d like to take another pas de deux if we can. hard work group, you don’t want it to stop. So we’ll do our best to keep it going from Wednesday night. “
NEXT – John Glenn will face Athens High School on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. in a Division II regional semi-final at Pickerington Central High School.