WAYNE, NJ - The Verona Softball Team’s dominant 8-0 win over Wayne Valley on Saturday gives the team their sixth win in seven games to start the spring season.
“The past few games we’ve been putting the ball in play but connecting the hits is something we’ve been wanting to do and they did that today,” said Verona Head Coach Angela Salisbury.
Verona’s bats came alive in a big way with two innings of big offensive surges to generate their eight runs on the day. Renata Primmer dealt the game’s decisive blow in the top of the third inning. Primmer’s three run homerun deep over the left field fence drove in teammates Julia Rigney and Taylor Reed. For Primmer, it was just another day at the offense as she leads the team with 10 RBIs for the season after adding five more against Wayne Valley on Saturday.
“She has really strong quality at-bats…she sees a lot of pitches, she’s smart, she’s a pitcher also so she knows a good strike zone…she’s been pretty consistent up at the plate,” said Salisbury
Primmer’s homerun put an exclamation point on what was a superb pitching effort from starter Christina Colon who went the distance for the win. Colon struck out 13 batters and allowed a mere two hits for the contest, which has been business as usual for the sophomore.
“I mixed the pitches going in and out, people who were really close to the plate I tried to jam them inside so they could pop up or miss it,” said Colon.
Having Colon pitching so well would boost confidence for any team, but with that the Lady Hillbillies made sure to capitalize. Verona added five more runs in the top of the sixth inning to put any thoughts of a Indian comeback to rest. RBI hits from Rigney, Cadden Pelfrie and Primmer in the inning produced one of the biggest innings thus far this season for Verona.
The victory in what was an invitational tournament goes a long way for a team with big State Title aspirations. According to their coach an emphatic win like this can send a message to teams all over New Jersey while gaining them key power points for tournament seeding.
“They are on a little bit of a roll themselves since they were 6-2 and a Group Four school so it’s huge power points for us…State Tournament wise it’s good to play real hard against a team like this, they are a really good team,” said Salisbury.
Verona’s win improves the team’s record to 6-1 on the season as they’ve now rebounded from their initial first loss of 2017. The Lady Hillbillies will look to continue their strong play by hosting a 4-1 Hudson Catholic team on April 18.
“As long as they can stay focused and up at bat keep attacking, [have] smart baserunning…putting the ball in play and making people make mistakes is the way to keep it going,” Salisbury said.