By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore junior Gina Tallo is the ace starting pitcher for the Lady Bucks softball team this year, and it took a lot of hard work.
A three-year Dunmore varsity softball member, Gina suffered an injury to the ulnar nerve of her right pitching arm last season. She spent the off season in rehab at NovaCare at the Dunmore YMCA.
She rebounded well enough to pitch in Dunmore’s first six games.
Daughter of Dean and Lisa Tallo, Dunmore, Gina defeated Riverside, 9-5, in an early season contest. Gina hurled a strong 12 innings giving up only five hits, walking two and striking out six in a tough 3-1 loss to Riverside, Saturday, April 16.
A strong hitter, Gina had three hits and scored a run in a tough 7-6 loss to intra-borough rival Holy Cross Wednesday, April 20.
And she drove in her team’s only run in a 7-1 loss to Lakeland Friday, April 15.
Gina played with her sister Carly the previous two seasons for Dunmore. Carly Tallo graduated from Dunmore in 2015.
Gina, who played in the outfield last season, is a strong asset in the classroom too. She has an impressive 97 academic average. She is a member of numerous clubs and organizations, including the TACT Club, SADD, the French Club and Health Careers Club. She is a member of the swimming team at Dunmore.
Gina said she has learned a lot from Dunmore veteran softball coach Ryan Ferguson. “He teaches us that we have to try to do well, but the team is always there to back you up. You can depend on your teammates too.”
Gina, 17, said her parents have taught her mostly about “responsibility.”
The scholar-athlete, whose hobbies include reading, said she would like to see Beyoncé in concert someday.
She talked about her future goals. “I would like to major in biology in college and possibly go to medical school to become a doctor. I would like to go to a big school. If wanted, I would like to play softball or swim. I really want to go to a good school and later get a good job.”
Gina has played travel softball for the Northeast Hurricanes for the past four years.
She talked about what it takes to be a good softball pitcher.
“It takes a lot of hard work. You need to have the right mind set. You need to be a leader on the team.”
She remains positive despite her team’s slow start this season. “We need to improve our record and we will. We have a shot at the district playoffs despite our rocky start. Our goal is to get there. We think we can do it.”
Gina has a will to win and strong work ethic.
Don’t count her and the Lady Bucks out.