Theis Leads Jeff-Y
On Mound and Plate
By Rob Potter
LIVINGSTON MANOR May 5, 2000 -- Paced by the play of Kelly Theis,
Jeffersonville-Youngsville edged Livingston Manor 7-5
Tuesday in Western Sullivan League (WSL) softball action.
Theis, a senior pitcher for the Lady Trojans, allowed
nine hits and struck out three batters in a complete game
performance. She also helped her own cause at the plate
by smashing a triple and knocking in two RBI for J-Y
(31, 21 WSL).
But Theis, who is undefeated on the season with a 3-0
mark, had to get out of a jam in the bottom of the
seventh to preserve the victory.
With the Lady Trojans holding a 7-4 lead, Manors
Cassie Schneider walked and Lorene Woodard reached base
on an infield error to put runners on first and second
with only one out. Megan Blanton then followed with a
single to center field to load the bases.
Clean-up batter Amanda Irwin, who blasted a solo home run
over the center field fence in her previous at-bat, then
stepped to the plate. But Theis got Irwin to hit a
grounder to third baseman Shelisa Duquette, who fired the
ball to catcher Beth Fanning so Fanning could step on the
plate to keep the score tied and record the second out of
Ashley Bowers then singled to bring in Woodard and cut
the lead to 7-5. Theis then enticed Alys Mann to ground
into a fielders choice to end the game.
It was a little closer than we would have liked,
but it was our first game in three weeks, said J-Y
Coach Mike Ellmauer. I think we were a little bit
rusty going in.
But Ellmauer praised the pitching of Theis and nice
defensive plays made by his club.
Obviously, a win is a win and well take
it, he added. Its just good to be
playing again. This is a fun group of girls to work
In addition to the loss, which dropped its record to 2-5
overall and 2-3 in WSL play, Manor suffered more injury
woes. Starting catcher Rachelle Irwin left the game after
injuring her leg in a collision at home plate in the
third inning. Coach Gail Denman noted that due to the
Manor senior trip, the team will not play another game
until next week, and Irwin probably will return to the
Pitcher Jennifer Wright, however, watched the loss to J-Y
while leaning on crutches and sporting a brace on her
knee. Wright hurt her knee, the same one that she injured
during basketball game in February, on Monday in a game
Denman noted that Wright was scheduled to see a doctor
Thursday (yesterday) and did not know when the hurler
would return to the mound.
Mann, who has pitched a few innings this season, threw a
complete game versus the Lady Trojans.
She did OK, Denman said of Mann, who struck
out three and gave up only five hits. I think she
was a little nervous because it was her first full
Leading the Manor offense were Amanda Irwin, who had a
double and the previously mentioned round-tripper,
Stephanie Babich and Audra Cady. Babich and Cady had two
Aileen Semenetz had a double and an RBI for J-Y.