Simmang jump starts offense, Parenica throws one-hitter in Lady Flyers' win against Poth
April 10, 2010 at 11 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.
There was a sense of urgency for Haley Simmang at the plate in the fourth. The game had, until that point, been a pitchers duel between Poth's Monica Cavazos and St. Joseph's Holly Parenica when Simmang stepped in with two outs in the inning.
For Simmang, it was important for the Lady Flyers to break through.
"I was at the plate, and I was like, we just got to get some runs here," said the junior outfielder.
She would steal second on the following pitch, a change up that skipped on the ground, putting her in scoring position for when Paige Terrell whacked the ball to left-center field, allowing her to score as Terrell was thrown out at second.
"Paige hit it really good," she said. "I really couldn't have scored without her hit."
Simmang, who was making her first start of the season and has split time between junior varsity and varsity, would end up being the winning run, her hit jump starting an offense that, through the first four innings, had been largely dormant.
"She just came through like gangbusters," said Lady Flyers coach Craig Lauger. "She did a great job today."
After starting out slow and short two regular starters, the Lady Flyers opened the floodgates following Simmang's run against Poth, which is ranked sixth in Class 2A by the TGCA, scoring eight unanswered runs while Holly Parenica held the Pirettes to one hit - a single in the top of the fourth - in a complete game for the victory, 9-1.
"I wasn't throwing as hard as I can, but it didn't matter because I was hitting my spots and I had a lot of pitches working for me," Parenica said. "My change up was working especially well for me, my rise ball was rising pretty well."
The defense also played a major role in the win for the Lady Flyers. Despite two throwing errors, one leading to Poth's lone run in the first and the last giving the Pirettes a base runner in the seventh, defensive play was key for the Lady Flyers on Saturday.
Parenica gave the players behind her a lot of credit for maintaining her one hitter. She struck out five Poth batters and had several key plays from her infield of Brianna Shimek, Tori Escamilla, Fabiola Chinea and Spenser Strnadel.
"We had a couple of errors, but that's always going to happen, you can never be perfect," Parenica said. "I didn't have a lot of strikeouts, so a lot credit goes to my defense."
Lauger said Parenica has worked throughout the season on keeping her pitches down in the strike zone, with a lot of success. He is calling most of her pitches now, and her execution at hitting her spots has improved greatly.
"She's believing in the pitches that I'm calling when I'm calling them," he said. "At the start of the season, she was getting the ball up in the strike zone too much and teams were really teeing off on her. Now that she's getting the ball down in the strike zone, it's a little bit harder to hit, and the balls that they do hit are grounders."
Parenica also got it done at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a double and reaching base in all of her four plate appearances. She said she goes to the plate looking to be aggressive and swing the bat.
"I can't look for a walk. if I look for a walk, I'll get out," she said. "I just need to look for my pitch and hit it, just go for it."
Lauger said the Lady Flyers schedule a tougher nondistrict schedule because TAPPS District 3-4A doesn't give the team a realistic look at what they will see in the playoffs. Playing teams like Poth allow them to see better pitching.
"The pitching in our district is nothing like the pitching they'll see here," he said. "I have to continually challenge them with different and harder teams, better teams to face with better pitching so that we're ready to play once we get past district and into the playoffs, because we'll see better pitching once we get there."
St. Joseph 9, Poth 1
Poth 100 000 0 - 1 1 3
St. Joseph 100 116 x - 9 14 2
(STJ) Holly Parenica and Paige Terrell. (POTH) M. Cavazos and M. Radske. W-Parenica, L-Cavazos. Highlights: Parenica 3-for-3, 2B (hitting); CG, 1 H, 5 SO (pitching); Haley Simmang 2-for-3, 3 SB, 2 R; Tori Escamilla 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, 3 RBI; Brianna Shimek 2-for-4, RBI; Paige Terrell 3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R. Records: St. Joseph 12-13, 6-0.