Overbrook's Jan Metzger is one of the best softball pitchers in South Jersey. The senior's ERA was 0.13 entering a Colonial Liberty game with Sterling Wednesday.
Sterling beat Overbrook and Metzger, 4-2.
What happened? It was the hole in front of the pitching rubber, according to Overbrook coach Jim Chiumento.
"There's a hole in front [of the rubber] and she had trouble all day pushing off," Chiumento said. "The ball was high and that's why they were hitting."
I checked the hole. It wasn't that deep and if she wanted, Metzger could have used a foot to fill it up with the surrounding sand.
Sterling stroked five hits, including two doubles and a home run, off the first-team, all-South Jersey pitcher. Sterling is the same team that was no-hit by Egg Harbor Township's Lexi Capille the first time they played in the Triton tournament on May 8. In the second game, the Silver Knights got to Capille for 10 hits, but lost, 14-6.
Maybe Metzger just had a bad day and the Sterling team that can hit showed up.