Wallenpaupack Area's varsity softball team bid graduating players a fond farewell.
Toting a 5-7 record and looking to recover from a bad trip to DV earlier in the week, a home game against Western Wayne is just what the Lady Bucks were looking for.
Having already waylaid the Wildcats once this season already with an 11-0 shutout in Varden, the chances for a good show on home turf looked promising for Paupack.
Rachel Carmody wasted no time getting her Lady ‘Cats on the scoreboard.
With a swing and a hit on the first pitch she drove the ball deep into left-center field and made her way around the bags giving Western Wayne a 1-0 lead.
Paupack pitcher Katie Schoenagel shook off the bad juju quickly and played two grounders hit to her, taking out the batters with good throws to Robyn Williams at first.
Williams retired the side by catching a foul and the Paupack lasses stepped up to the plate.
Leading off, Raeann Ehrhardt pounded out a double and was followed by Tori Ciszak, who walked.
A basehit by Lauren Goetz sent Ehrhardt home, tying the game, and a 1-out double by Schoenagel drove in Ciszak and Stephanie Williamson, pinch running for Goetz.
A 2-out single by Irene Dispenza put Schoenagel across the plate before the inning ended with the Lady Bucks holding a 4-1 lead.
It was three-up and three down for the Wildcats in the top of the second with Schoenagel striking out the last batter.
The top of the Lady Bucks’ order came up again in the second and with 1-out and empty bags, Ciszak homered making it 5-1.
Good fielding by the Purple & White sent the Lady ‘Cats down in order in the top of the third, but they fended off additional runs.
While Carmody gave up two walks, good fielding left the runners stranded.
Schoenagel opened the fourth with a K and gave up a base hit to Enslin before a grounder retired the side.
Ciszak continued to show senior leadership by swatting out a double and then scoring once more thanks this time to a Kennedy Thomas batting into a fielder’s choice.
A caught foul by Carmody ended the inning with Paupack now in a commanding 6-1 lead.
While Makayla Rose made it to base on a 1-out single in the fifth, she was thrown out and once again three 'Cats were out before a fourth came to the plate.
However, things weren’t any better for the Lady Bucks as they too suffered a 1-2-3 stand in the batter’s box as well.
Emily Stifler singled and later scored to get things started for the Western Wayne in the sixth.
Carmody followed with a hit but was then forced out at second before Motichka and Enslin each singled and then became left on base as the side closed.
What followed was something akin to the spillway on the Big Lake suddenly being opened.
The Paupack lasses went on a scoring spree that would add five more runs before the inning ended.
Cuomo, Ciszak (her fourth run of the day), Thomas, Schoenagel (her second) and McKean each tagged all four bags with RBIs going to Ehrhardt, Thomas, and two to Schoenagel.
Also adding some punch was Dispenza with a double. After six, it was Paupack up 11-2.
The Lady ‘Cats took up the cause once more, but the home team’s infielding was too much. Putting them down in order yet again, Paupack closed the book on the lasses from Varden and capped off Senior Night with an 11-2 win.
Following the game the Lady Bucks recognized the soon-to-be-departing members of the team with a small ceremony.
Although the injured Nicki Mann was not present, veterans Raeann Ehrhardt, Tori Ciszak and Emily Winkler were feted.
In addition, first year varsity players Madi Coumo and Robyn Williams were lauded for their contributions to the softball program.
“The seniors really shined today,” noted skipper Dan Gumble.
While Winkler too is on the DL and Williams didn’t bat, Gumble pointed out that the other playing seniors all crossed the plate at least once; Ciszak doing it four times.
“Robyn did great at first base today and made a lot of good plays,” Gumble said. “Everyone else had a good day at bat and they’ve been stepping up and working hard all season.
“They are a great bunch and we’re going to miss them a lot once they are gone.”