So far during this softball season, the Fitch Lady Falcons have met preseason expectations.
Predicted to have one of its better seasons in recent history due to a nice core of returning athletes, Fitch has followed cue thanks to a lot of those upperclassmen. Only a couple hiccups over their first six games have kept the Falcons from posting a perfect record. Fitch stands 4-2 because its offense has been hitting at a high pace lately.
In a doubleheader sweep of Warren Harding on April 9, the Falcons scored 19 runs combined in the two games backed by a total of 27 hits. Catcher Carly Ortz raided the Lady Raiders’ pitching staff the most with three homeruns and six RBIs in the twin bill. Pitcher Amanda Callahan coupled with her battery mate to hit a homer in game one and knock in two runs. Amanda’s sister Alana may not have shown the power of her big sister, but she sure has the foot speed of one of Amanda’s fastballs. The younger Callahan collected four stolen bases against Harding. Cali Mikovich had four total hits and an RBI, Brianna Banko brought home four runs with three twin-bill hits and Megan Carney had three hits and two RBIs on the day. Amanda Callahan, who was aching to get in the pitching circle after numerous early season postponements, pitched incredibly in both ends of the doubleheader allowing just two runs total while striking out 21 Raiders.
Callahan kept the K’s coming in Fitch’s other win last week, a 9-1 wipeout of Western Reserve, April 15. Callahan closed out Reserve on just four hits while posting eleven more strikeouts. In fact, Fitch’s heroic hurler outhit her opponent as she went five-for-five with the bat in her hands. She also had two RBIs and three stolen bases. Megan Carney came in right behind Callahan going four-for-four with a double and three singles. Carney collected 10 hits in games last week capping a remarkable rebound from a serious injury.
“(Carney) continues to impress in her comeback,” wrote Fitch head coach Melody Rice in an email recently. “She has truly inspired the team.”
Also inspiring has been the play of some of the younger Falcons. Sophomore Callahan had a double, a single and an RBI against Reserve. First-time starter Marissa Mraz had an RBI and freshmen Mikovich and Alex Corradi each had two singles and an RBI. Fitch finished the day last Friday with 19 hits.
Those hits were hard to come by in the ladies’ two losses last week. The Falcons only managed four hits in a 5-2 loss to Ursuline on April 11 and four hits again in an 8-0 loss to Massillon Perry three days later. The home loss to the Lady Panthers was Fitch’s first in the Federal League this year, evening its conference mark at 1-1. Carney was the only Falcon with multiple safeties against Perry and had an RBI in the setback to Ursuline. Alana Callahan knocked in the other run against the Lady Irish while Ortz had a double and a single in that contest.
Ward’s girls will get another piece of Perry on May 10. The Falcons next Federal League game was scheduled for April 21 at Massillon Jackson.