Softball: Stagg freshman lights up scoreboard vs TF South

Updated: March 16, 2012 7:44PM

If the softball world wasn’t sure who Stagg freshman Samantha Owens was, they are getting introduced to her rather quickly.

First-year T.F. South coach Jamie Arundel’s jaw dropped when she was told what year in school Owens was. You can’t blame her after she had to watch Owens light it up, especially in the third when she hit an opposite field home run against the wind.

“She’s a freshman?” Arundel grimaced. “Great.”

The two-run drive proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win by the Chargers (2-1). It was Owens first career home run and one of three rockets she would hit on the day.

“It felt awesome especially being a freshman,” said Owens, whose older sister Dana (class of 2010) played for Stagg. “I’ve known (coach Missy Mason) since my sister played, she’s been with me and my family for a while.”

She finished 1-for-3, with a walk, a line out to first and a heart-stopping line drive off Rebels sophomore pitcher Ashytn Kapovich, who regained her composure in time to throw out Owens at first.

Jessica Arebalo was 2-for-3 for the Chargers while freshman Alexis Minet also had a pair of hits, including an RBI insurance-run single in the sixth.

Rebels sophomore catcher Cori Reynolds, who was the starting shortstop her freshman year, tied the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI single that scored Bre Heintz (1-for-2, 2B). Reynolds was 3-for-3 on the day, with a double and a run scored.

Jessica Maricich also added a “hustle” double in the fourth for the Rebels.

“I expected our kids to play hard and I expected a little nerves,” Arundel said after her first-ever varsity coached game. “They are a young team, but we do have a lot of returning starters (seven). I was very happy with the way we handled ourselves today.”

The Rebels (0-1), who start one senior, were impressive, playing errorless ball while striking out just four times against Chargers’ pitchers Shannon Collins (4 IP, 2 R, 3 SO, 4 H) and ace Stephanie Lorenz (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K).

“We didn’t really have a plan,” Mason said of bringing in Lorenz in relief. “They were starting to time (Collins) pretty good so we made the move.

“(South) there will be a lot different as the year goes on. They have a Sandburg grad (Arundel) and a Stagg grad (Lori Potacki) and I couldn’t be more proud of them and they will make that team a lot better.”

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