March 22nd, 2011

Foley Fans Nine In Rockets' 15-0 Win

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

Foley Fans Nine In Rockets' 15-0 Win
photo by Paul Najjar

Assumption pitches, hits and runs past North Bullitt.                                     

Senior SS Shelby Janes had quite a home opener as she scored three runs, stole three bases and drove in three runs and junior pitcher Morgan Foley threw a one-hitter, notching nine strikeouts in four innings as the Assumption Rockets mercy-ruled North Bullitt 15-0 at Assumption Green Field.

After Foley struck out the side to start the game, the Rockets went to work putting up a four-spot in the first inning. Janes started the inning with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on junior 2B Alex Wethington’s sharp single to left. Freshman 1B Lillie Nitzken followed with another liner into left that moved Wethington to second. Junior 3B Carly Barrett lined a single into center-field and plated Wethington.

Senior catcher Alicia Guelda then stroked a double to the base of the center-field fence scoring Nitzken and Barrett.

A great start for the Rockets.

“We’re really please with how we hit today,” said Rockets' Head Coach John Wolfe. “We wanted them to be a little more aggressive at the plate and we were. We can hit. Top to bottom, this lineup can really hit the ball.”

Janes was at it again in the second inning as she singled to center, stole second and scored on junior CF Emily Carmack’s single to center.

Meanwhile, Foley cruised through the second inning with two strikeouts, a walk and a weak grounder to Nitzken at first. She dominated the game throughout, allowing very little contact as she consistently blew her fastball by the North Bullitt hitters.

“She’s a different kid this year,” Wolfe said about Foley. “She’s starting to really hit her spots in the strike zone. She’s throwing hard and she’s developed a mental toughness. She’s just scratching the surface. She’s a basketball player, so we’ve only had her for three weeks. In the coming weeks, she’ll develop more movement with her fastball.”

The Rockets put up a 5 spot in the third inning as they loaded the bases on a walk, a strikeout passed ball, a fielder’s choice and a hit batter. Four batters, no hits, one run. That set the stage for Janes, who promptly scorched a liner back up the middle that ricocheted off the pitcher and ended up rolling to the fence in right-centerfield. Three runners scored and when the relay throw to the plate bounced by the catcher, Janes streaked home with a modified grand slam.

“We feel like we’ve got a good mix of power and speed and small ball,” Wolfe said. “What we really like about our team is that we’re deceptive. We have kids who don’t look like they’re base stealers, but they’re really fast. We have some kids who are big in stature and still get bunts down and beat them out for hits. It’s one of those rare teams where they have a combination of talent that’s not just power and speed, but also the ability to handle the bat.”

The Rockets ended the game in the bottom of the fourth as they as their 5 through 9 hitters all reached base and scored. The last blow came off the bat of freshman Nitzken who plated the 15th run of the game on a ground rule double to left field.

The Rockets recorded 12 hits and played a flawless game in the field. Wethington led the team with three hits, while Janes, Nitzken and Barrett had two each.


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