CHARLES TOWN – Amanda Orkoskey is nothing short of a softball guru, and her program is a the pinnacle of excellence.
Taylor Cenate and Jordyn Brown pitched back-to-back, three inning no hitters to down Hampshire in a perfect doubleheader on Thursday. The Patriots put up 27 runs in the spring break showdown, extending their run ratio to 211-14.
Those runs were due in part to Katie Dubyak (1-2, 1 R, 3 RBI), Taylor Cenate (1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Brittany Cenate (3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI) in Game 1, and Alexis Dinterman (2-3, 1 R, 5 RBI), Kylie Condon (3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI), and Mackenzie Myers (2-3, 3 R, 2 RBI) in Game 2.
Dinterman’s five-RBI all came in the top of the fifth, as the Patriots combined for twelve in the first stanza of game. Dinterman first picked up a three-run double, and ended with a two-run triple. The Patriots batted a full order and nearly saw two full rotations, but Julia English would strikeout swinging before Madi Cenate could come back up to the plate.
Sophie Crowder matched Dinterman with a triple of her own in Game 2, accounting for her one RBI. Myers was the quick foot on the bases, stealing three to lead the team. Dubyak and Myers both had triples in the first game of the day.
Each Trojan saw just one at bat in both games.
Brown picked up eight strikeouts in Game 1, and Cenate logged three in Game 2. Brown is now down to a .212 ERA and a .164 batting average against her. Cenate now holds a .700 ERA and a .178 BAA.
"I believe it is my first no hitter. I have put in countless hours of work during and after practice. Really I just work on hitting spots so my defense can play behind me and that’s what happens," Cenate said.
Extending their perfect record to 20-0, Orkoskey is more than proud of her pitching troupe.
“We have three pretty dominate pitchers that I can count on no matter what. J.B. had a great first game to set them on their heels, and then Taylor came in and did what she does with her movement and speed difference,” Orkoskey said. “Jordyn is really focused , has buckled down, and has worked really hard in the offseason to get her speed up. Her movement is great, so we need to keep her playing her best.”
“It’s kind of surreal [to see our record]. It feels great. We just came off the big tournament win in Moorefield where they played the best I’ve ever seen. We need to keep the momentum going forward and not let the success get to our heads because you never know, especially once you get to the postseason. We need to keep moving forward and together, and play our game and no one else’s.”
The numbers may not show it, but Orkoskey sees all.
“I hate to say it, but we weren’t playing our complete best,” she said. “We ended up refocusing and coming back in the second game. We were a little more patient and saw more pitches that we could drive.”
Many factors can lead to a slight dip in spring break, and the Patriots have had a full schedule up to Thursday.
“It has been a long week. We had the six games over the weekend and then a full day camp on Tuesday. I know they’re a little tired, we just have to get into the flow of things. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the weather is allowing us to do that."
The Patriots are set to play John Marshall in a Saturday doubleheader – part of their final regular season stretch. The weather, however, has different plans. Although the outlook has Saturday with a beautiful 67 degrees and partly cloudy, the panhandle is going to be subject to thunderstorms throughout Friday until 3 a.m., followed by a 40 percent chance of rain until 7 a.m.