Jessica Roe exudes confidence. She has a noticeable swagger which, in turn, makes teammates believe in her.
That’s why when the senior strode to the plate in the seventh inning with a chance to win the game, her softball team was almost certain Roe would deliver.
And competence is the perfect complement to confidence.
Roe hit a walkoff single that scored Kyra-Lee Scianna as host Roy C. Ketcham edged rival John Jay High School, 3-2, on Wednesday.
Scianna, who was hit by a pitch, was bunted to second base before Roe blooped a single over third to send her home.
“Jessica is having a great year,” Indians coach Scott Satterlee said. “She’s a leader and the team just feeds off her confidence.”
The Indians led 2-0, but John Jay rallied in the seventh. Casey Danko’s RBI triple got the Patriots on the board then she came home on an error.
Roe allowed four hits and struck out four in a complete game. Karissa DellaVecchia hit a solo homer in the fourth, and she scored on Angelina Spath’s pinch-hit single in the sixth for Ketcham (7-4).
And the Indians did this against mighty John Jay (9-1). Its ace, Ally Muller, allowed three hits and fanned 11 in a complete game.
“This is a huge win and if we keep playing like this, we’ll be tough to beat,” Satterlee said. “We showed we’re just as talented as any team.”
Now that’s swag.
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