By Steve Svetovich
Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Jenna Bradley was almost untouchable all season.
With a minuscule 0.54 ERA, she earned her league leading 13th win of the season to lead the Lady Crusaders to a 5-3 win over Old Forge in the Lackawanna League District 2 final Thursday, May 31, at the University of Scranton’s Magis Field.
Jenna pitched a 7-inning complete game allowing 5 hits and only one earned run in the district title win. The sophomore stalwart struck out 11 to increase her league leading total to an astounding 148. She has a 13-1 pitching record for the season.
Daughter of Josh and Jennifer Bradley, Jenna has already committed to Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. She will attend Hofstra in two years on a softball scholarship.
Jenna will major in business administration at Hofstra.
Jenna has an impressive 3.8 grade point average at Holy Cross. Her favorite subject is English.
The scholar-athlete talked about the team’s second consecutive district title. “Coach Joe Ross is a very positive influence for us. He is positive everyday at practice. We all want to win. He teaches us to play our game and control what we can control.
“Coach Ross tells us not to think too much. Don’t let things get into your head. Play for all 21 outs. Never give up. He really taught us a lot.”
Jenna is sophomore class president and a member of student council. She is a member of the foreign languages club and will be in the history club next year. She was elected junior class president for next school year.
“Our goal now is to compete in the state playoffs. We want to win as many games as possible.”
And her future goals? “I want to keep helping my team here at Holy Cross in the next couple years. Then I want to compete at the highest level at Hofstra and help them win a championship. Hopefully, someday I will coach and help teach other kids to fall in love with the game. I would like to open up an in door facility someday. It is something this area needs.”
Jenna said she will major in business administration at Hofstra. Her goal is to get into sports administration someday.
She is elated to have another district title under her belt. “It feels great to be back where we were last year. This was our goal all along. The possibilities for us in the state playoffs are endless. We expect to excel in the state playoffs and in the future down the road.”
Humble but confident in nature, Jenna said she learned from her parents. “My parents teach me to keep pushing if you want something. You have to work for it. There is always someone working harder. Be humble and be thankful.”
Jenna said she enjoys listening to country music in her spare time. Her favorite country artist is George Strait.
Jenna leads the league in most pitching categories this season. She was picked as honorable mention as a pitcher last season. Expects some bigger accolades this season for the Holy Cross ace.