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Softball: Wetherspoon dominates as Haddon Heights blanks Overbook

04/24/2019, 11:15pm EDT
By Charlie Sprang, SJSD

The sophomore right hander fanned 13, walked one and gave up two hits as the Garnet won 7-0

HADDON HTS – Sarah Wetherspoon was dealing. There is no denying that.

The Haddon Heights sophomore right hander was on her game Tuesday afternoon. She threw all her pitches for strikes and kept the Overbook batters guessing all game. On this day they were overmatched.

Wetherspoon was perfect through four innings and wound up giving up just two singles, while striking out 13 and walking one in pitching the Garnets to a 7-0 victory over the Rams. She also chipped in offensively with an RBI double in the second inning.

But, on this day, the focus was on her pitching. She said she didn’t come into the game with a specific plan on how to attack the Rams lineup, but simply adjusted as she went through it.

“I just come in and figured out what works with each batter,” Wetherspoon said. “Sometimes I would come out firing, other times I would go with slow stuff. I just tried to make the best pitch with each batter. Sometimes I could see them getting a bit frustrated.”

Wetherspoon, who improved to 4-0, said she felt this was her best outing of the season and her catcher, junior Kallie Anderson, agreed.

“She had a really good game,” said Anderson, who had a double and scored a run. “She kept them off balance all game and she was very consistent. We would come in between innings and talk about the batters that were coming up and how we wanted to pitch them. When she went back out, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.”

All of this is no surprise to first year coach Gianna Pedone. She said Wetherspoon worked all winter with a pitching coach and was ready to go from the first practice in March.

“She did a lot of work in the off season on velocity and consistency and it really paid off,” said Pedone, who saw the Garnets record improve to 7-1. “When she came in in March, she was game ready. We’re really proud of her.  She is proving to be a great leader.

“Another thing is she works really well with Kallie. They have played together a lot and know each other really well. They come in between innings, go over the batters they’re going to face and adjust where they have to.”

Wetherspoon ran into a little trouble in the fifth inning. After going 12 up and 12 down through the first four innings, the Rams had runners on first and second on a walk to the Rams’ Amaia Smith and a single by Lillana Agosta with no outs in the top of the fifth inning. The next hitter, Amanda Chopel struck out and Anderson threw out Smith trying to steal third. Wetherspoon fanned Cassidy Middleman to end the inning.

“I knew I had to bear down there,” Wetherspoon said. “I said to myself its life or death and just went after it like the score was nothing-nothing.”

Haddon Heights scored three runs in the second inning, getting RBI doubles from Kylee Helmetag and Wetherspoon. Victoria Speakman, who was 2-for-3, drove in a run in the fifth with a double.

The Garnets scored three more times in the sixth with Stephanie Tonuci supplying the big hit, an RBI triple.

Wetherspoon set the Rams down in order in the seventh and fittingly caught a pop up between the circle and home plate for the game’s final out.

Haddon Hts. 7, Overbrook 0

Overbrook     000 – 000 – 0 – 0

Haddon Hts   030 – 013 – X – 7

WP-Wetherspoon. LP-Smith

2B-Anderson, Helmetag 2, Speakman, Wetherspoon, HH.

3b-Tonuci, HH.

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