By Steve Svetovich
Carly goes Yardy.
That was the case when Holy Cross junior shortstop Carly Wywoda came to bat in the bottom of the eighth of a 7-7 game against the Dunmore Lady Bucks.
The junior stalwart fouled off the first two pitches and then slugged a deep walk off homer to left center to beat the rival Lady Bucks, 8-7, on Thursday, April 22, in a Lackawanna League Division III contest at a cold, windy Saint Anthony’s Playground, Dunmore.
It was her second homer of the season.
With two strikes on her, Carly said she was not looking to hit a homer but made good contact and the ball traveled.
“I felt really happy to help my team out,” she said. “But I have to admit, it felt really good inside.”
Daughter of Georgann and Pete Wywoda, Carly at press time has three homers and is hitting a robust .520.
She has been a key member of the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders softball team since her freshman year when she hit .368 with five homers.
Carly, 17, has an impressive 3.89 academic average at Holy Cross. Her favorite subject is Spanish.
Carly said she would like to have a dual major in Education and Spanish in college and “definitely” wants to continue her softball career. Carly is unsure where she will attend college.
Joe Ross is her softball coach at Holy Cross. “He teaches me to always keep my head up and keep fighting. Never give up. Even when you make an error or an out, keep your head up.”
The slick fielding, hard hitting shortstop said her parents are a big influence. “My parents teach me to respect everything I have, including the game, people, coaches, teammates. They tell me to never give up on anything.”
Carly is a member of the Foreign Languages Club and Service Club at Holy Cross. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a huge fan of Kenny Chesney who she saw in concert and would like to see again.
At press time her team only had two losses. “We do not let up,” she said. “We just keep fighting.”
She talked about what it takes to be a good shortstop in high school softball.
“You need to have a good attitude and show leadership. You can’t get down or hang your head after a missed play.”
She talked about her future goals. “I want to keep and maintain my academic strengths. I want to do well all around, both on and off the field and outside of school too. I want to learn about different cultures and never stop learning. I want to learn about all different people. I want to become a teacher and continue playing softball in college.”
Soft spoken and articulate, Carly beamed when asked about her Holy Cross experience. “It has been absolutely amazing,” she said. “The faculty, staff and coaches always put the student first. They really care about the students and it shows. I love it here.”