BROCKTON – It looks like the Cardinal Spellman softball team may have found a new pitcher.
After finishing 18-5 with a Division 2 quarterfinal round loss to Plymouth South last year, the Cardinals lost Catholic Central League All-Star pitchers Hillary Tarr and Barbara Silva to graduation. But there doesn’t seem to be much drop off with their replacement – freshman Courtney Zambello.
Zambello earned her second career win for the Cardinals Saturday morning as she struck out eight Archbishop Williams batters and Spellman cruised to a 12-0 win on Saturday morning. She gave up just three hits and a walk and helped her cause by going 3 for 4 at the plate and driving in three runs.
“I thought [Zambello] did a very good job,” Spellman coach Michael Gerrish said. “She pitched a real nice game. She’s becoming more and more comfortable. First game she was a little nervous and yesterday she really started to find her groove. She retired the last eight batters on 14 pitchers against Austin Prep. And then today I thought she was relaxed, had good velocity again.
The win for Spellman (2-1) came just hours after Zambello’s first career win on Friday, an 11-4 decision over Austin Prep in which she fanned seven batters and gave up three earned runs. Zambello and the Cardinals are showing improvement since a 13-5 season-opening loss to Bishop Fenwick on Wednesday. Spellman only has three seniors on its roster and one is out with an early-season injury.
“We had a tough loss the other day,” Gerrish said. “Fenwick’s a tough team, they’re a veteran team this year. Their pitcher did a real nice job. I don’t want to take anything away from them because they did a real nice job. But at the same time we committed eight errors. We had eight walks and a hit batsman. That’s 17 runners right there that are unaccounted for, that are just freebies. You can’t do that and get away with it.
“Today they came together real well. We played with a lot of confidence today. Hit the ball very well. We hit the ball well yesterday too. We actually hit it okay against Fenwick. We had eight hits, we out hit them 8-5. We had hard hit balls at the back of our order. I think the top of the order went 0 for. The back of the order hit, so I knew that was a good sign because I know the front of the order’s going to hit at some point.
“I like our team a lot. They’re great, great kids to coach. They listen they work hard. I think we’re going to get better and better.”
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