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May 4, 2014

High Schools: Ken West blanks North Tonawanda in softball


Niagara Gazette — NT coach Samantha Rajski felt her team’s effort against West was much better than it was compared to their loss to Ken-East the day before. While Rajski was happy with her team’s level of competition, she stressed the importance of the girls finding consistency in having a game plan every time they step into the batter’s box. Especially against a pitcher like Miller who has great control.

“I think some of them are starting to get it, where they have to have an idea of what to do when they go up to the plate,” Rajski said. “No matter who they’re facing. It depends on who’s on. What’s the situation with the score is. A lot of them are definitely catching on with that. It’s just a matter of having it happen.”

Rajski’s point was valid. Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the Jacks (3-4 NFL) had two runners on with no outs, but were unable to push either across the plate. A timely hit could have change the complexion of the game.

For longtime followers of both teams, the game conjured memories of past games from the storied rivalry between these two great programs.

“It was really a 2-0 game, we scraped a couple (extra) runs across,” said Catalano. “I’ve got to give Sam credit. She’s done an awesome job with that NT program. She’s got a young team. They’re disciplined now. They don’t beat themselves. (Jacks starter) Rachel Krawczyk was very impressive.”

Krawczyk (1-for-3) went the distance for the Jacks, tossing four scoreless innings along the way.

Allie Chimera also scored for Ken West.

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