Freshman pitchers help C.B. East reach district title game

Posted: June 01, 2013

Kayla Ventura does not act like a freshman when she pitches. The righthander for the Central Bucks East softball team is the epitome of cool on the mound, never flinching or displaying self-doubt.

On Thursday, Ventura and another freshman pitcher, Theresa Haug, played like seasoned veterans, getting the Patriots out of jams in a 4-2 victory over Pennsbury in the District 1 Class AAAA semifinal at William Tennent High.

C.B. East will play Neshaminy in the district final Friday at 4 p.m. at Tennent.

"Both of them hit their spots incredibly," senior catcher Julia Schoenewald said of the young pitchers. "I couldn't have asked for them to pitch any better than they did."

Haug pitched 31/3 innings for East (16-4), giving up one run on three hits.

Ventura entered the game in the fourth with runners on second and third and one out. It was the time in a game when the seasoned Falcons (18-4) usually make the opposition pay, stringing hits together. Instead, Ventura worked her way out of the inning, getting the next two batters to fly out.

"She keeps her cool in pressure situations," Schoenewald said. "She doesn't let it get to her and just focuses on hitting her spots and nothing else."

After the big win Ventura stressed that during the course of a game, she tries to remain calm and doesn't put a lot of pressure on herself.

Offensively, the Patriots got three runs on four hits in the first inning, which coach Erin Scott and Schoenewald called "huge."

East tacked on another run in the sixth when Schoenewald doubled, her sister, Caroline, moved her over to third with a bunt single, and pinch-hitter Kristina Posner put the ball in play up the middle, resulting in a Pennsbury error. That scored Julia Schoenewald.

Mackenzie Obert homered in the first inning for Pennsbury.

C.B. East 300 001 0 - 4 9 1

Pennsbury 100 010 0 - 2 7 1

WP: Kayla Ventura. LP: Val Buehler.

2B: CBE- Brady Tillotson, Julia Schoenewald.

HR: P- Mackenzie Obert.

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