Katilyn Turski (Cardinal Stritch Catholic) threw a solid game against Delta College to help the No. 19 Express softball team split a pair of games.
Turski was a four-year starter and a two-time First Team All-Toledo Area Athletic Conference selection during her time at Stritch, where she was coached by Don Zbierajewski. She was also an Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press and a Division IV second team All-District selection as a senior. As a junior, Turski had a 1.71 ERA and a .415 batting average.
In defeating Delta College 5-3 behind Turski’s effort and losing to No. 17 CCBC-Catonsville 8-0, the Express softball team completed their 10-game spring trip with a 5-5 record.
Turski went the distance to move to 3-2 this year. She allowed three runs (two earned), 10 hits and two walks while striking out two over seven innings.
In a 9-2 loss to Olney Central, Turski pitched well despite the rough defense behind her. The freshman went 4.1 innings while allowing seven hits, five runs (two earned) and one walk. She had one strikeout.
There have been other times this year when things haven’t gone well for Turski.
The Express gave up eight runs in the first inning, attempted a comeback with five runs in the fifth, but eventually fell 15-6 to Coastal Carolina under the lights at Grand Park.
Olivia Reeder (Genoa) had an RBI double for Owens as Turski pitched. During the South Carolina trip, Reeder did have a solo home run as the Express took the back end of a doubleheader. She wasn’t the only local player to hit well.
In a 9-0 five-inning win over Cabrini College, Amanda Sinay (Stritch) tripled to left center with one out and scored on a single to center from Taylor Miller to put the Express up 3-0.
In a 5-4 win over No. 17 CCBC Catonsville, Reeder led off with a single to start a rally and bring Owens back from a 4-3 deficit. After Tyniesha Wilson grounded out to advance two Owens runners, Melanie Iacoangeli flew out to center. On the play, Reeder broke for home forcing a throw. That's when she went back to third and Lassey took off from second. She ended up getting in a rundown that allowed Reeder to score the game's tying run.
Turski allowed six hits, three runs and two walks while striking out one in her three innings pitching during that game.
Behind Turski, The Express scored four runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings en route to another victory over No. 17 CCBC Catonsville, this time by a 12-8 score.
Reeder got the scoring started for the Express in the third with an RBI single. Molly Gast followed with an RBI single of her own. Reeder would later score on an error, while Gast scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
After a two-run single from CCBC's Erin Pronobi cut the Express lead in half in the fifth, the Express scored four more in the sixth.
Wilson hit her first career home run, a two-run shot to right center that scored Jaylee Glad to make it 6-2. Iacoangeli would later score on a CCBC defensive misplay before Emily Rockman lined an RBI double off the left field fence to make it 8-2.
In the bottom half, CCBC got a two-run home run from Eleni Wright to pull back within 8-4.
Then, in the seventh, Reeder had a two-run double, and Gast hit her first career home run during the following at bat to make it 12-4 Express.
Turski went the distance to pick up her first collegiate win. Her final line was seven innings, seven hits, eight runs (four earned), two walks and five strikeouts.
Owens opened its 2013 home season against Muskegon Community College last Friday. The program is guided by Coach Duane Lanham. His assistants are Kevin Snyder, Sara Fleming and Jeff Smith.
Owens completed the 2012 season with a 41-7 overall record and captured its 11th Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (8-0 record) title in the program’s history. Owens was ranked No. 12 in the final NJCAA Division II women’s softball regular season poll.
“Our team is extremely young, especially the pitching staff,” explained Lanham. “However, we have a great group of veteran and freshmen student-athletes that are committed to putting forth the time and effort needed to get better each and every day. I expect our team to be competitive within the conference and be in the hunt for a regular season title and beyond.”
Owens has eight players returning from last year’s team, including Mareshah Scott (Maumee), Melanie Iacoangeli (Ida, Mich.) and Katie Butler (Maumee).
In 2012, Scott, a sophomore centerfielder, earned First Team All-OCCAC honors and was named the team’s Heart of the Champion recipient. She was second on the team with a .458 batting average and collected 50 runs and 33 stolen bases.
Iacoangeli is a sophomore outfielder and second baseman and earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors last season. Her postseason honors also included First Team All-OCCAC and First Team All-Region XII selection and the team’s Offensive Player of the Year award. Iacoangeli led the team and finished 11th in the nation in hitting with a .538 batting average. She also scored 49 runs and stole a team-high 66 bases.
Last year, Butler, a sophomore first baseman, collected 34 hits and 23 RBIs as well as a .291 batting average.
Returning sophomore student-athletes to the Owens team also include Reeder, a catcher; Sinay an outfielder; second baseman April DeCant (Liberty Center); shortstop Alyssa Lassey (Ida, Mich.), and outfielder Jaylee Glad (Ida).
Express first-year players are Turski, catcher/utility player Kellsie Cousino (Erie Mason, Mich.); pitcher Jolene Sauter (Blissfield, Mich.); first baseman/catcher Emily Rockman (Springfield); second baseman Hannah Shank (North Baltimore); third baseman Sydney Cherry (Ida); outfielder Taylor Miller (Erie Mason); outfielder Tyniesha Wilson (Perrysburg), and Gast, a first baseman/pitcher (Sylvania Southview).
Owens CC freshman Katie Turski (Cardinal Stitch Catholic) delivers a pitch against Delta College. (Photo by Sharon Snyder/Owens Sports Information)