Thursday, July 5, 2012

LITTLE LEAGUE: R'ville softball rolls in sectional

For The Trentonian
LINCROFT - The Robbinsville juggernaut kept on going Thursday night defeating Woodbridge 10-0. The usual suspects once again led Robbinsville as Sara Motusesky led Robbinsville’s pitching and Kellie Hoffmann led Robbinsville’s offensive attack.
In what would become a reoccurring theme, Motusesky struck out the side in the first and when Robbinsville came to bat it seemed that they were going to have some trouble scoring. Facing pitching that was much slower than they had seen in district play Robbinsville was way ahead of pitches numerous times.

The inning started with a Hoffman bunt single. Chelsea Manto followed with a single of her own and Motusesky drove Hoffman in with another single. Robbinsville was not able to capitalize and two pop outs and a strikeout ended their inning.
With Motusesky cruising on the mound the one run was sure to stand up but they got more offense in the second when Hoffman came to the plate. Hoffman had this pitch timed perfectly and smashed a ball over the centerfields head and was able to leg out a two-run homerun and give Robbinsville an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
For Hoffman her approach at the plate was simple, “I was going up (to the plate) hoping to make contact and focused on the ball. Before the game I was talking to some teammates and told them how I wanted to get a great hit today. My goal for the tournament was to hit a homerun and when I went to the plate I accomplished that goal.”
With Motusesky yet again shutting down Woodbridge in the third, Robbinsville would add two more runs on a Lauren Kiszely RBI double and a Megan Kratz RBI single to knock Kiszely in. 
In the bottom of the fifth Robbinsville would finally show what their bats were capable of as they began to tee off on the Woodbridge pitcher.  Motusesky would begin the inning by reaching on an error. She would score on a huge hit from Riane Walsh, the first of three consecutive doubles for Robbinsville.
Annie Brunner and Kiszely drove in runs with their doubles to bring the Robbinsville lead to 8-0.  After a delayed steal gave Robbinsville a 9-0 lead Hoffman came to bat with a chance to end the game and that she did lacing an RBI single to give Robbinsville the 10 run victory.
The star for Robbinsville on the evening was Sara Motusesky. Battling the heat and a small strike zone from the umpire, Motusesky was able to throw a no hitter with 13 strikeouts. The Woodbridge hitters were way late on all her pitches and were never really a threat to score.
For Motusesky the no-hitter was a product of pounding the strkezone and letting her pitching take care of the rest. “I knew if I hit my spots I would be able to get outs and we would win.”
The elder Motusesky was pleased with his team’s effort believing that they played well. “Our team played well tonite. Sara threw a great game and we were able to finally hit the ball well.” 
For Robbinsville it is all about keeping the momentum and keep doing the things that they do best.  Sara Motusesky said it best saying, “We are on a bit of a roll now and really want to keep that going.”


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