Bristol breezes into softball semifinals

Mary Wallick scattered two hits.
Mary Wallick scattered two hits. (KATE HARMAN / For The Inquirer)
Posted: June 08, 2014

ALLENTOWN - Mike Lalli gestured toward Mary Wallick. The Bristol softball coach had something he wanted to say to his senior pitcher.

Lalli extended one of his arms to hug the Warriors ace, and after he made his comment, the two laughed. Smiles quickly turned to happy tears, and Wallick walked away wiping moisture from her eyes.

It was a private moment between a player and coach four years in the making, after a win four years in the making, too. Bristol defeated South Williamsport, 5-0, Friday in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A tournament at Patriots Park.

For the first time since she first put on a Bristol jersey as a freshman centerfielder, Wallick is going to the state semifinals. Monday, the Warriors will face Minersville at 6 p.m., back at Patriots Park.

"I'm beyond speechless," Wallick said. "This is the best feeling in the world right now, and winning it with this group of girls - I wouldn't want it to be with anyone else."

It was obvious from the start Friday that the Warriors (19-4) weren't going to settle for a quarterfinal-round exit this year.

Bristol scored four runs in the first inning, getting four straight hits that knocked in a run.

That was all Wallick, an East Stroudsburg recruit and a three-time MVP of the Bicentennial League Independence Division, would need. She allowed only two hits and struck out eight.

Wallick contributed at the plate, too, going 2 for 3 and knocking in what proved to be the winning run.

Putting up numbers is nothing new for Wallick, who is hitting .437 with 33 RBIs this season. In the circle, she has a 1.60 ERA, and in the field, she hasn't committed an error.

But Wallick, who is a team cocaptain along with catcher Rosemarie Scalzo, is more than that to the Warriors.

Lalli called the duo the "heart and soul" of the team.

"We came into this game knowing what we wanted," Scalzo said. "This is our last year playing high school softball, and we wanted to advance to the semifinals."

South Williamsport 000 000 0 - 0 2 3

Bristol 400 100 x - 5 7 0

WP: Mary Wallick. LP: Anna Steer. 2B: B-RoseMarie Scalzo.

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