One of the reasons for Honesdale’s run to the PIAA Class 4A softball semifinals is freshman pitcher Marissa Gregory.
In the first round against Eastern York, she tossed a one-hit shutout with four walks and two strikeouts in a 3-0 win. Then in the quarterfinals against Nazareth Academy, she scattered seven hits and struck out three in a 5-2 victory that advanced the Lady Hornets to Monday’s semifinals against West Perry.
Here is more from Gregory’s interview:
Other sports I play: I used to play basketball, but right now I only do softball.
Favorite teams: Florida Gators
Athletes I admire: University of Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill. She’s a really good pitcher. I watch her on TV all the time. What she does is amazing. It inspires me to do my best.
Favorite food: Crab legs
Superstitions and rituals: I do my hair the same way. I braid the sides and I braid my ponytail.
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Jenny Finch, Amanda Lorenz, Kelly Barnhill
What inning did you allow the hit in the Eastern York game? The sixth inning. Were you aware you had a no-hitter? No. I was just pitching the ball, pitching where I had to pitch so they couldn’t hit.
Against Nazareth Academy, you had a single in the first inning. Did that help you at all with your pitching? In my eyes, if you have a hit, you’re going to pitch good. You’ll be confident because you hit the ball. Hitting is one of my weaknesses, I know I have to work on it. So if I hit the ball, I feel really good about the game.
Was there a moment or a turning point that has sparked this postseason run? When we beat Tunkhannock (in the District 2 semifinals) because we had never beaten Tunkhannock before. When that happened, we knew we could beat anyone.
Do you know anything about your semifinal opponent, West Perry? I don’t know anything about them and I kind of like not knowing anything about them. That means we’ll go in extra hard. Going into a game you don’t know anything about, you have it in your head that you don’t know what to expect.
How long have you been pitching? Since I was like 6. What is it about pitching that you enjoy? Honestly, it’s because I get the ball every single play. Every pitch, I get the ball back. I like to be playing. How many pitches do you throw? Five: fastball, changeup, screw, curve and rise. I have a dropball, but I haven’t mastered it yet. Which one do you rely on as your go-to pitch in a big situation? Definitely would say my curveball and my riseball.
Post-graduation plans: My goal is to go D-I to the University of Florida and play for the Florida Gators. Hopefully when I grow up I want to be a vet tech. My dog had three litters of puppies and used to play doctor with them all the time. It clicked with me.