Editor'r note: This story was written and published earlier this year in the Titusville News-Journal.
“One thing I keep telling them time after time, this is a game that you love, this is a game you’ve played since you were little… focus and have fun, play the game that you know how and that’s what they do,” Titusville softball coach Megan Green said after her team came back to win their home against Grove City.
She admitted the slow start Tuesday worried her a bit, but was happy with how they stayed focussed and bounced back after a bad inning.
It was scoreless going into the fourth inning.
Titusville pitcher Jordan Wynn had kept every ball, except one, in the infield in the first three innings, holding Grove City scoreless. She fanned three and stranded a couple on base as she shut down a second inning potential disaster in the making.
But the Rocket offense was also getting shut down.
The fourth is when everything got busy.
Wynn was a bit uncontrolled in the inning giving up bases with two walks and hitting a batter while a few key hits plated three runs for the Eagles.
”Sometimes it is just the mental game that Jordan is fine tuning every time she is out on the mound pitching against another team.”
The Rockets bounced back immediately in the bottom half of the fourth.
“Last year, this team would’ve let that (fourth inning) keep them down and now they just like, no that’s on me., lets go and they just want to come back at it,” Green said.
Wynn, only one run down, buckled down and shut down the Eagles the rest of the way except for a solo homer in the final inning that did no damage as the Rocket offense exploded in the fifth to take the lead.
Rylie McGarvie got a one out single to right. Then Dani Fonzo drilled a line drive up the middle that deflected off the pitcher's glove and into center field for a double and advancing McGarvie to third. Gabby Peterson then drove both in with a single up the middle.
Adkins then walked. Wynn got on base after an error and the bases were loaded for Krepps who singled to score two more putting the Rockets up 6-3 before the inning ended on another double play.
The 6-4 victory brought the Rockets’ record even after they lost to Hickory, but beat Sharon 12-4 with a strong offensive road effort.
“It was a total team effort,” Green praised the effort. The infield of Krepps, McGarvie, Peterson and Adkins for solid fielding keeping the ground balls from making it to the outfield and execution.
Also three big-time outfield catches, two by Briana Wynn and one by Krepps were huge in keeping Grove City from scoring more.
“It was a team win, it really was all around.”