By Jim Lambert
Do you know which sports team at Union Catholic is one of the hottest teams in all of Union County right now?
How about the UC girls J.V. softball team!
Despite losing five starters off last year’s team, the Vikings have surprised second-year head J.V. coach Rich Geisheimer with its torrid start as UC has outscored its opponents by a whopping 89-12 margin on the way to a 6-0 record.
“From what I lost last year and not knowing what we’d have this year, I’m very impressed with the way they’ve played and the way they’ve come together,’’ said Mr. Geisheimer. “We’re much more dominant with our pitching this year, and we spend at least an hour on hitting every day, and it shows.''
Leading the charge for the Vikings on the mound is rising freshman star Gaby Velona, the winning pitcher in all six games. Velona has allowed just 12 hits and seven earned runs, and struck out 29 batters in 22 innings.
“Gaby has really developed since the first game until now,’’ said Mr. Geisheimer,. “She hitting the corners and moving the ball around.’’
Offensively, the Vikings have a staggering team batting average of .490 and have scored 11 or more runs in 5 of its six games.
Velona leads the team in batting average (.706), runs batted in (20), and has scored 12 runs. Abby Ortiz leads the team in runs (14) and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases (6), and is batting .700. Zoe Kalebota is hitting .563 with 10 RBI, nine runs scored, and six stolen bases.
Also for the Vkings, Meaghan Mulvanerty is hitting .538 and has 11 RBI and has scored 12 runs. Isabella Fuentes has scored 10 runs, knocked in nine, and is hitting .385. Alanna Huggins is hitting .500 with seven RBI and eight runs scored.
The Vikings, well on their way to surpassing its 8-5 record last year, will got for seven in a row on Monday at Perth Amboy Tech at 4 p.m.