Pitching in for the cause
If there is a Jersey Outlaws Premier pitcher on the mound, there’s another one not far away.
Off to the side of the diamond, pitchers are often getting loose.
Complete games are the exception with the Outlaws because manager Dan Berg and pitching coach Laura Archer keep their four right-handers – Haylei Archer, Elyssa Bohr, Amanda Gonzalez and Ashlynne Scardino – busy. All of the pitchers have appeared in at least half of the team’s 20 spring games.
They’ve combined on a 2.43 ERA while allowing fewer than one hit per inning.
The quartet will be needed – and ready – this week when the Outlaws face a strong list of opponents at the TNT Summer Showcase Classic in Quakertown, Pa.
Setting a spark at TNT
There are fireworks across the Jersey Outlaws Premier infield, so, appropriately, the team will be playing at the TNT Summer Showcase Classic this week in Quakertown, Pa.
Against a strong list of opponents – always a favorite of the Outlaws – the infielders will bring their mix of speed and power.
And when talking TNT, “Sticks” would seem just right. Alexa Blue, the Outlaws’ lanky first baseman and No. 3 hitter who’s affectionately known as “Sticks,” is currently leading the team in the Triple Crown categories.
But there’s offense all across the Outlaws’ infield, which also boasts versatility, gap power and much more with Megan Berg, Nicole Cerasi, Madison Sisz and Gigi Venizelos.
Yes, light the offense.
No doubt ‘outfield’ capped by a ‘D’
It’s not often a softball team can say its best highlights at a tournament were provided by the outfielders’ defense.
But that’s how good the Jersey Outlaws Premier outfielders were this past week at the Team NJ/Rock Challenge.
While the offense and pitchers were outstanding – in fact, the Outlaws won seven of their eight games – the outfielders even had one umpire telling another team’s coach about them. The two best catches came from left fielder Amelia Johnson on an all-out dive and right fielder Abby Zucatti on a big-time drop step and stab of a hard-hit ball.
With Emma Bachman and Abbi Markee, who both have been red hot at the plate, their speed allows them to track anything and everything in the air.
All of the outfielders expect to keep putting the clamps on this week at TNT Summer Showcase Classic in Quakertown, Pa.
Catchers on patrol
The umpires know the deception may be coming yet Jersey Outlaws Premier catchers Julia Mayernik and Alex Haley have a knack for framing strikes just right – even pitches just off the plate.
What some would-be base stealers may not know is coming is the arms of the two catchers. Haley threw out seven runners during the team’s fall season and Mayernik is building off a terrific high school campaign by nailing four runners in just three summer tournaments.
By while defense is always No. 1 with a catcher, Mayernik and Haley have been supplying offense in the lower portion of the Outlaws’ deep lineup. Both Class of 2020 prospects sport excellent on-base percentages.
The two hope to continue their all-around play this week at the TNT Summer Showcase Classic in Quakertown, Pa.