North Pocono senior softball players feted

A few setbacks aside, this spring has gone relatively well for the North Pocono varsity softball team.

Armed with seven seniors and a talented group of underclassmen, the Lady Trojans are 8-5 in Lackawanna League action.

The local lasses sit in second place, behind Abington Heights and Wallenpaupack Area in the PIAA District Two Class 5A rankings following their 7-3 win over Honesdale this past Monday.

This triumph wrapped up the 2017 regular season.

“Things have been going great,” said senior Jamie Hawley. “Even games where we lost, like Valley View, I think we’ve been playing well.”

Leading Ladies

Players ranging from freshmen to seniors are making key offensive contributions for North Pocono this year.

The vanguard at the plate is catcher Ashdon Clark, who moved from first base early in the season when starting catcher Delilah Owen was injured.

So far, the junior slugger has posted a .556 average, going 25-for-45 in the batter’s box which includes 24 RBIs, four doubles, one triple, and a whopping six home runs. She’s also racked up 16 runs.

Topping the runs tally is senior Chloe Pehanick. The shortstop sets the pace for runs with 17. She’s gone 20-for-49 at the plate for a .408 average and has collected 13 RBIs, four doubles, a triple and one round-tripper.

Freshman Dayle Smith has racked up six doubles. Batting .457, the third baseman is 21-for-46 with 13 RBIs. She's also clouted three home runs and has crossed the plate 10 times.

Out front with triples is senior Olivia Gentile. The left fielder has scored 12 times and is 16 -or-42, batting .381. She’s knocked in eight, has a pair of doubles to her credit along with one home run.

Representing the sophomores in this mix is Kaili Brooks. The center fielder leads the team with a half-dozen stolen bases in as many attempts. She’s 8-for-28 at the plate and has one RBI as well.

“We’re hitting better than I thought we would,” commented Head Coach Mike LaFave.

“Ashdon and Chloe have been solid and show the leadership we expect them to. There have been surprises too. Olivia is hitting beyond expectations and Dayle is second on the team in hitting.

“Lately Jamie has been hitting well too and is doing a great job for us in the two-spot.”

Full Circle

While Clark is generally a fixture behind the plate, she’s come out to pitch on two occasions, for two innings over two games.

Sophomores Nicole Zasada and Courtney Zaic split duty to complete the battery.

Zaic has seen 9 starts and has a 4.95 ERA. She’s 2-4 in 11 appearances and had delivered 35 strikeouts while giving up 32 walks, 56 hits, and 52 runs.

Zasada has six starts and is 5-3 in 10 appearances with a 6.44 ERA. She’s notched 34Ks, but yielded 65 hits, walked 12, and surrendered 47 runs.

Senior Moments

The Lady Trojans paused before their May 10 bout with Scranton Prep to recognize the seven senior class members of the team.

Chloe Pehanick, Abby Haddock, Hannah Leuthe, Jamie Hawley, Sarah Heffler, Carly Chapman, and Olivia Gentile have all played major roles for the team during their varsity diamond careers.

Versus the Classics, Leuthe went 1-for-1 and scored once. Hawley was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs and an RBI. Pehanick went 3-for-4, scoring three times and batting in four.

Heffler crossed the plate once, while Gentile was 1-for-3 with two runs in helping the Lady Trojans post a 15-11 win.

“Through the season each of the seniors has found a way to make a contribution,” Lafave said.

“A lot of the girls have played various defensive positions when we needed them to do so and stepped up to the challenge.

“Carley, for instance has come in to catch when we needed to put Ashdon somewhere else.”