Rangers drop contest to North PoseyApril 1, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
BRETZVILLE — The softball season is still in its opening stages, but Thursday evening offered an early learning experience for Forest Park (1-1, 0-1). The Rangers lost a 12-0 decision against Pocket Athletic Conference foe North Posey in a chilly six innings.
“You could see the conditions — the wind was blowing in,” Forest Park head coach Kelly Schroering said. “It was affecting us a little bit, but I thought we played pretty tough and handled the conditions. We need to improve ourselves on our errors and our mistakes.”
The Rangers surrendered two runs in the top of the first inning. Forest Park could not muster any run support for junior pitcher Ali Welp, who allowed six hits and five runs across three innings pitched.
Forest Park tried to rally against North Posey sophomore pitcher Erin Hoehn. Hoehn faced the minimum until the bottom of the fourth inning.
“It was her speed,” Schroering said. “She was able to mix the ball, too. It’s interesting, because she’s a sophomore. This is the first time I’ve been able to see her in person. As far as prepping for other teams, it’s just a little bit of a different mindset. Usually, I’m very familiar with what North Posey has. Like us, they have a lot of freshmen and sophomores. It’s a fun, interesting challenge for this year.”
Hoehn finished her outing with 11 strikeouts, one walk and no hits allowed in four innings. After Welp was lifted, the Rangers turned to freshmen hurlers Avery Riley and Brooke Rasche. Riley and Rasche gained valuable experience on the mound, and Schroering came away encouraged with the young pitchers’ efforts in their respective season debuts.
“Both of them battled in there,” Schroering said. “That’s what I want to see at this point in the season — that we’re battling. We can improve. There’s plenty of mistakes that we’ve made, and we can improve on the physical stuff. The mental stuff is what I’m concerned with right now.”
The Rangers’ two hits came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Madison Wathen drove a deep double off the outfield wall, and sophomore Macey Geyer ripped a sharp single.
“It’s good to be out here,” Schroering said. “Obviously, we have things to work on. More than ever, softball should be fun. You should get to enjoy the game. That’s what we’re out here trying to do. You want to improve and want to keep getting better, but it’s a gift to get to play the game of softball.”
Forest Park will play another PAC game against Washington at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Washington.
“For us, it’s just doing what we can do,” Schroering said. “It’s having good approaches at bat and trying to clean up some of those mental errors that we made. I just look forward to every game. Our effort was there tonight, and those are the things we can control. As long as we can continue to do that, we’re going to get better at those other things.”
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