Wallenpaupack’s junior first baseman Angelina Ioppolo went 7 for 10 with two doubles and a triple as the Lady Buckhorns started the season 3-0, including a 10-4 win over preseason co-favorite Delaware Valley.

 


Give me one funny or loose moment from your years on the team that still makes you giggle when you think about it. One of our coaches had a deathly fear of clowns. We have a softball closet where we keep all the equipment. I think it was April Fool’s Day, we dressed someone up, put face paint on them, hid them in the closet, turned off the lights. When he walked in, they turned on a flashlight and said hello. He ran out of that closet so fast.

Is he still coaching? No, he quit after my freshman year.

Angelina Ioppolo

Speaking of clowns, who’s your team’s class clown? I’d say Maddie Schmalzle. She’s always smiling.

Best lesson you’ve ever learned through sports. It’s okay to fail sometimes, and get right back up and try your best the next time.
One part of your game you’d like to improve the most. Definitely my ability to pick the ball (on a hop) at first. It’s a tough component for me.
Biggest improvement you’ve seen in a teammate this season. Again, I’d say Maddie Schmalzle. She didn’t really have the opportunity to pitch last year. Over the summer, we’re on the same travel team, Impact Panthers, and she’s had the opportunity to pitch to Division I commits. Coming into this year she’s been lights-out so far.
One player from another school you’d like to have as a teammate? Tough one. Lot of friends on different teams. Abington Heights’ Kaylee DeMatteo. She can really hit the ball.
Where do you see softball taking you down the road? I’m really at a crossroads right now. I’m looking at more big schools, so playing softball there would be a lot tougher. I’d probably have to be a walk-on. But if I had the opportunity to play, if I got scholarship money, I think I’d take it. I want to major in biology and be an anesthesiologist.
Rebecca Pizzo’s homer against DV was the team’s first of the year. Are you relying less on the long ball? I wouldn’t say so. There are a few kids who can hit it out, but what we’ve seen so far is we’re going to pound away with doubles, singles and even triples.
I understand you have an interesting hobby. I shoot. My grandparents have a long backyard so it’s easy to set up targets and just targetshoot. It’s just something we do on the weekends sometime.
Does that help you focus for softball? I would say it would because you have to take a deep breath, let it out and pull the trigger. It’s kind of like softball because you have to pull the trigger and swing.