In a tough week for Lely teams, the Lely Lady Trojans softball team downed Gulf Coast, 3-1.
The strong arm of pitcher Lisa Feola and key defensive plays spelled victory, although Gulf Coast knocked out nine hits to Lely’s four. The win gives Lely a 3-2 mark overall.
“We got ourselves into some bad situations, but our pitching and defense came through to dig us out,” coach Jess Millar said.
Millar credited Feola with knowing how to pitch in tight situations.
“She worked the count in her favor and pitched smart pitches around big hitters so they were unable to hurt us,” Millar said. “Lisa is a very mature pitcher for being only a sophomore. She is always composed on the mound.”
Defensively, Millar credited Jazmin Swope, Katie Hogan and Hannah Sheldon with making great plays to keep Lely in the game.
“Our hits also came in key situations and our base runners were smart and aggressive,” she said. “We actually hit the ball better than the line score shows, but Gulf Coast made some good plays. Our defense showed some weakness in earlier games, but we have done a good job of working hard to correct those problems.”
Feola and Hogan helped with the bat as both doubled.
Leading up to the game Lely feasted on Lehigh, with an 11-0 victory.
Gabby Pozo and Swope shared pitching duties, while Pozo and Hogan slammed doubles for RBIs.
In tennis, the girls lost to Gulf Coast, 6-1.
Jenny Stout got Lely’s only point in her No. 2 singles win.
The Lely baseball team didn’t fare any better with Gulf Coast, losing 9-1.
Nor did the new Lely lacrosse teams, losing to experienced teams.
The girls lost, 13-2, with Margaux Muergue and Justine Giules scoring for the Lady Trojans.
The boys fell, 20-1. However, Gulf Coast coach Jim Wiseman sees a bright future for Lely.
“Lely’s got a lot of young kids and they should come back next year and look really good,” he said.