Sang excels on Senior Night
HUNTINGTON - For Huntington St. Joe pitcher Jennifer Sang, her softball senior season hasn't been about wins and losses.
It is simply about being on the field playing the sport she loves.
After St. Joe did not have enough players to field a team during her junior year, Sang is back out enjoying what time she has on the field.
"I don't think words can describe it," Sang said. "I love softball. I grew up with it. For my senior year, I honestly couldn't ask for a better bunch of girls."
That was never more evident than Monday's Senior Night game at Rotary Park when Sang, the team's lone senior, propelled the Irish to one of their best efforts of the season in an 11-3 mercy-rule shortened win over Ironton St. Joe.
Sang finished the game 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs while also allowing just one earned run in six innings pitched.
The performance drew praise from head coach Karri Fischer, who said that without Sang's leadership this year's team would not be nearly as successful as what they currently are.
"I could never ask for more effort from a person individually," Fischer said. "She's a born leader for that team -- the only senior with a lot of underclassmen. Half of the team doesn't even have field experience and she brought them to her level. It's been awesome."
Led by Sang, Huntington St. Joe put in one of its best overall performances and improved to a 6-7 record.
After a year without softball, Sang couldn't have been happier to celebrate her Senior Night with such a great victory for her team.
"It's awesome to feel like your team is 100 percent behind you," Sang said. "They are all happy for you. It makes you feel good about yourself and definitely adds to the day."
With the game knotted 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning, the Irish put up four runs to seize control. No hit was bigger than a two-run double by Sang off the left-field fence to make it 6-2.
From there, the Irish offense continued to produce, notching runs in each inning before earning the mercy-rule win on an RBI single by Isabella Mayes in the bottom of the sixth.
Defensively, Sang was in command in the pitching circle, striking out five and getting solid plays from her infield to limit the Flyers to one run over the final four innings.
It was a sharp contrast to the last time the teams met when Huntington St. Joe earned a 26-12 win in a slugfest.
"Just to see the smiles on their faces, it's awesome," Fischer said.
Chelsea Gale added a double and finished with two RBIs while Kadin Gould had an RBI infield single and three runs scored.
Kelci Parker, Victoria Peyton and Elizabeth Mayes added RBIs.
IRONTON ST. JOE 110 010 -- 3 8 2
HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 241 112 -- 11 11 3
Glockner, Mathmista (6) and Roach. Sang and Gould.
Hitting: (ISJ) Hopkins 2-4; H. Martin RBI; Scaife 2-3; Mathmista RBI. (HSJ) Sang 3-3, 2 2B, 4 RBIs; Gale 2B, 2 RBIs; I. Mayes RBI; E. Mayes RBI; Parker RBI; Peyton RBI.