Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 14, 2009
As the name of the sport suggests, pitching is a critical part of the game in high school fast-pitch softball, and Port Allegany coach Dave Roae thought sophomore Sarah Brodhun could fill that role for his team this season. So, when Brodhun was lost for the year with a shoulder injury, it dealt a huge blow to the Gators’ goal of finishing .500.
“That was definitely a big blow to us … that definitely hurt,” Roae said. “Amarae (Reinard) and Becky (Andrus) have come in and done a good job for us, but it’s still a step down from Sarah to anyone else.”
The Gators dropped a trio of games last week, then faced undefeated Coudersport on Monday. The Falcons have overwhelmed teams all season,and did the same at the Port field, chalking up a 16-0, four-inning win to run their record to 18-0. Cora Bova collected the Gators’ only hit, a second-inning single, and also went 2-3 with a triple in last week’s game against Cameron County.
Roae admits it’s difficult to keep his young squad positive at times, but thinks the game time they’re getting this year will eventually pay off.
“It was a very young team, with one senior starting. That lack of experience shows up out there,” he said. “But we’ve got almost a whole year under our belts, so next year, I can basically put the same team out there. And hopefully Sarah’s back and ready to go for next year.”
Seniors Shelby Gleason and Brittany Freer were honored in a ceremony following the Coudersport game. The Gators, now 3-12, finish their season on the road this week, with a doubleheader at Smethport on Wednesday and the season finale at Johnsonburg on Thursday.