Ramettes open season with big win, 18-0, over Sheffield

Photo by Jennifer Quiggle: Jenna PavlockPhoto by Jennifer Quiggle: Maria Jones
Rich Quiggle
—Special to the Record—

JOHNSONBURG — The Johnsonburg Ramettes pounded out 18 hits and scored 18 runs to support the one hit pitching effort of Maria Jones in their season opening 18-0 three-inning win over the Sheffield Lady Wolverines Tuesday night at Knothole Field in Johnsonburg.
“Last year, we struggled against this pitcher and I was happy to see we came out swinging today and we weren’t sluggish,” Johnsonburg Head Coach Gary Gerber said. “The speed was a little slower than what we have been seeing in practice, but the girls adjusted well and hit the ball solid.”
Jones got her team to the plate in the bottom of the first inning by striking out two in top of the first, allowing a walk, then retiring the fourth batter in the inning on a groundball.
The Ramettes scored quick and often in the first inning, plating all 12 of their runs before an out was recorded. The highlights of the inning were RBI doubles by Lindsey Kocjancic and Michaela Herzing, a two-run double by Peyton Delhunty, and a bases clearing triple from Jenna Pavlock.
Jones went back out in second and recorded a one-two-three inning, including two more strikeouts.
Pavlock added a two-run double in the bottom of the second to get the scoring started in the bottom of the second. Jordan Bundy tripled in a run and then Kocjancic blasted a triple to left center, scoring two more runs to make it 17-0. Kocjancic later scored on a single by Alyssa Kasmierski to round out the scoring for Johnsonburg.
With two outs in top of the third, Sheffield was able to get an infield single to spoil Jones’ no hit bid but weren’t able to plate any runs, keeping the shutout intact.
Pavlock finished 2 for 2 with a double and triple and knocked in 4 runs. Kocjancic was 3 for 3, also hitting a double and a triple with 3 RBI’s. Bundy was also 3 for 3 at the plate with a double. Haley Zimmerman added a triple.
Jones picked up the win, allowing just the one hit, striking out 5 and walking 1.
“Maria threw well, threw strikes and had her changeup going and that is what you want, especially in this weather and her first game of the season,” Gerber said about his hurler.
Johnsonburg returns to action Thursday night when they will to travel to Kane to take on the Lady Wolves.
“We struggled in the first game against Kane last year, and then scored like 20 runs the second time we saw them,” Gerber said about his squads next opponent. “If the girls come out like they did tonight I think we will have a good game against them.”