Nanticoke freshman softball player Leandra
Ramos named Times Leader Athlete of the Week
Leandra Ramos of Nanticoke won five games and struck
out 26 during the Trojans' sweep of the week's slate.
All in the Family: Leandra is the daughter of Luis
and Susan Ramos of Nanticoke. She has five step-brothers named Nick,
Carlos, Lou, Robert and Jeff who are all involved with the
sport of football.
Statistically Speaking: Ramos picked up all five pitching victories
last week while sparking Nanticokes five-game winning streak
over a five-day stretch that pulled the 6-2 Trojans within a half-game
of first-place Hazleton Area in Wyoming Valley Conference Division
I. Ramos struck out 26 batters during the week while allowing just
32 hits and 10 earned runs to five opponents. Ramos wasnt bad
with the bat, either. She hammered a grand slam for the first home
run of her life, drilled three doubles, knocked in seven runs in one
game and scored the winning run in last inning of another.
MVP: That could stand for most valuable player or most valuable
pitcher, and to Nanticoke last week, Ramos was both. She began her
big week by throwing a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts against
Lake-Lehman on Tuesday as the Trojans evened their season record at
2-2. Ramos followed that by going 2-for-3 with a grand slam and a
two-run single among her seven RBI in a 12-5 win over Wyoming Area.
In that game, she also recorded five strikeouts to get Nanticoke over
the .500 mark. From there, Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double and picked
up the victory in the circle, allowing six hits and two earned runs
in a 4-3 victory over Crestwood. Ramos topped that pitching performance
the next day, throwing a three-hitter Friday while surrendering just
one earned run in a 7-2 victory over Dallas. Finally, Ramos finished
her week-long spree in the WVC by striking out 10 batters in a thrilling
7-6 victory over Pittston Area. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate
with two doubles. Her second double began the bottom of the seventh
inning, and sparked victory when Ramos raced home with the winning
run when Jenny Lipowski delivered a game-ending single.
Coachs Corner: The more you sit down and have a
moment to reflect, its incredible, Nanticoke coach Ryan
Stetz said of the week Ramos put up. Shes just a hard
worker, very coachable, a very good teammate and shes a really
tough competitor. It starts in the classroom, shes a great student.
Good things happen to good people, and shes a good person. Shes
very confident in her abilities. Shes been coming up very big
for us in key situations. Shes playing very well right now.
The future is very bright for her.
Did you know?: Ramos may paint a pretty picture for Nanticoke
when shes pitching from the circle or producing game-changing
swings at the plate, but her athletic feats pale in comparison to
when she has a pencil in her hand. Im a pretty good artist,
Ramos said, before bragging, I can draw. My dad can draw. If
I look at something, I can pretty much draw it. That may not
be where her future studies will take her, though. I like math
and science, Ramos said. Those are things I might want
to pursue as a career.
From her angle: It didnt take Ramos long to decide which
moment meant the most to her in a smorgasbord of head-turning feats
last week. My grand slam, she said. It was my first
home run. At first, I didnt even know it was over the fence.
When I found out it did (go over), I was really happy. I work on my
hitting a lot. The grand slam really made me happy, but all of my
hits boost up my confidence. Ive been pitching for six or seven
years, and its paid off. My curve works pretty good, I throw
some changeups in there I just mix them up and sometimes it
works well. Usually, my ball does what it wants to do. Im pretty
pleased. Im confident. My first game (at Nanticoke), I was so
nervous that I was going go do badly. Right now, Im pretty happy
Im doing well, and I hope I keep it up. They (her teammates)
accepted me, they support me in the circle. My parents are so proud
of me. Theyre the ones who Im glad Im making happy.
Coach: Ryan Stetz
2013 Results: 12-5 in WVC, lost to Hanover Area in
the second round of the District 2 Class AA playoffs.
Players to Watch: Taylor Briggs, Sr. of; Maddy O'Donohue,
Jr. c; Kelsey Rinehamer, Sr. if; Rachel Roccograndi, So. if/of; Kara
Voyton, Sr. 3b
Outlook: The Trojanettes graduated a few key players
from last season, but should have a respectable showing in 2014 with
the return of leading hitter Voyton. The senior was second on the
team in doubles last season with three, while leading the squad in
home runs (4) and triples (2). Roccograndi and Briggs are two other
players who can provide big hitting for Nanticoke Area.
Coach: Ryan Stetz, second year
PIAA Class: 2A
2013 WVC Record/Finish: 11-4, 2nd Division 1
2013 postseason: Defeated Mid Valley 6-3 in D2-2A
first round. Lost 5-4 to Hanover Area in D2-2A quarterfinals.
Home Field: K.M. Smith Elementary
Key Players Lost: Kayla Benjamin, C; Ali Matulewski,
P; Kayley Schinski, SS
Key Players Returning: Taylor Briggs, OF, Sr.; Kara
Voyton, 3B, Sr.; Madeline ODonohue, C, Jr.; Rachel Roccograndi,
Outlook: Considering the losses to graduation, the Trojanettes
put together a solid 2013 campaign that included a pair of 2-1 losses
to Hazleton Area. This years team is similar as it is young but
talented. Voyton, a second-team all-star last season, is a power hitter
who had four homers, two triples and three doubles. The rest of the
lineup is solid. Pitching, though, needs to be sorted out since both
hurlers are gone. Like last year, Nanticoke will probably be chasing
Hazleton Area for the top spot.