Westmoreland softball notebook: Latrobe’s Kraynick swinging hot bat
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 8:15 PM
Latrobe senior left fielder Hayden Kraynick has found her groove at the plate.
She has been on an offensive tear lately for the Wildcats (9-1, 4-1), who have been piling up runs and have the look of a WPIAL contender in Class 5A.
“She’s been swinging a hot bat,” Wildcats coach Bob Kovalcin said of Kraynick, an Erskine commit.
Then, she went 2 for 3 with two RBIs against Penn-Trafford.
Add it all up, and she is 9 for her last 12 with 13 RBIs.
Now and then
Hempfield has the talent to win a WPIAL championship this season, but second-year coach Tina Madison also carefully is trying to mortgage the future.
Madison has a talented crop of freshmen, particularly a potential future battery combination in pitcher Julia Varhola and catcher Ella Berkebile.
“I have been trying to get them in as much as possible, so they can see the better competition,” Madison told Westmoreland Sports Network.
Madison said it is tough to pull steady sophomore catcher Alli Cervola from behind the plate, but Berkebile fills in nicely and provides offense.
Varhola has seen spot relief for standout sophomore Riley Miller, the Spartans’ ace.
“It’s hard to tell I switched sometimes (at catcher) because we don’t miss a beat with Ella,” Madison said.
“I want Ella’s bat in the lineup. I think she has a bright future here.”
Norwin came in No. 3 this week in 6A.
Games to watch
Next week is front-loaded with top games, with a number of key matchups set to happen Monday.
17: Runs Franklin Regional scored in the first inning Monday against Gateway.
17: The number of games Ligonier Valley has won in a row at home.
14.8: Franklin Regional’s runs per game in road games this season.
13.3: GCC’s runs per game at home.
7: Wins in a row for Southmoreland.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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