School: Hanover Area
Positions: Pitcher, first base
All in the Family: Mickey, 18, is the son of Michael and Kathie Ferrence of the Lyndwood section of Hanover Twp. He has one sister, Alyssa, who is a freshman at Hanover Area.
Stats: Ferrence struck out 14 batters in a complete-game, 8-2 victory over Nanticoke to open the season, then went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs from the cleanup position in a 13-0 victory over Meyers.
He’s a hit: On the mound, Ferrence held Nanticoke to seven hits while getting the Hawkeyes off to a solid start in their season opener, and also drove in a run. He wound up 0-for-2 that game, but some minor adjustments at the plate got him heated up quickly with a three-hit game against Meyers, where he accounted for five of the team’s 13 runs.
Coach’s corner: “He’s off to a great start,” Hanover Area coach Mike Zapotoski said. “He never surprises me. Nanticoke isn’t a terrible-hitting team, and he made them look like they didn’t know what they were doing. He had them off-balance with their pitches. He’s an endless worker. After practice, he’ll go running on his own. I don’t think you’ll find anyone who has a better work ethic than he does.”
Did you know? While he’s consumed with the game of the baseball to the point where he revolves his life around the sport, Ferrence does take some time to play video games every once in awhile -- “Any sports game,” he said.
From his angle: “It’s huge,” Ferrence said of his hot start to the season, “great for the confidence of the entire team. That was exactly what we wanted to do to start off, especially against the teams that were said to be the top two (division) contenders with us. Locating the fastball was huge (on the mound). That pretty much guided me to the win. It’s basically just throwing strikes. (Hitting), the main thing was shortening up my swing. My swing was way too long. It worked.”
Week in review: Northwest softball pitcher Kelsey Yustat threw a no-hitter at MMI Prep to cap a week where she went 2-0. She allowed own run in 13 innings, and struck out six in her no-hit gem … Ferrence’s teammate, Nick Deno nearly pitched a no-hitter, but settled for a one-hitter in a four-inning victory over Meyers. Deno drove home three runs and scored two in that game, after going 2-for-4 with a double in the season opener against Nanticoke. … The only Meyers player to get a hit off Deno was Kyle McHale, who singled to break up the no-hit bid in the fourth inning a game after he drove in six runs with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, including a double and triple, against MMI Prep. … Wyoming Seminary’s top tennis player Henry Cornell really opened some eyes this week, winning all three of his matches to improve to 5-0. After a pair of straight-set victories against Pittston Area and Crestwood, Cornell fought for a three-set win, pulling out a 9-2 tiebreaker against York Suburban. … On the track, Pittston Area’s Ron D’Eliseo ran to a school record of 14.5 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. ... Wyoming Valley West’s Jermichael Bunch swept up three individual victories in the 110 hurdles, the triple jump and long jump, and was a member of the winning 400-meter relay team. … In girls track, Alyssa Sitch of Hazleton Area won four individual events -- the 100 and 300 hurdles, triple jump and long jump to polish off a perfect performance. … Back in the swing of things, Holy Redeemer softball standout Chelsea Skrepenak blasted two homers in two games to get the Royals off to a 2-0 start. … Meanwhile, Berwick’s Margaret Bridge slammed two triples in a victory over Lake-Lehman and was 3-for-4 in a tough 8-7 loss to Dallas. … Holy Redeemer boys volleyball player Jeremy Myslowski did lose sight of his teammates, making 13 kills but dishing out 18 assists in a victory over Lake-Lehman. … And Crestwood’s Jay Popson popped the back of the net seven times during a boys lacrosse victory over Lake-Lehman. Almost as impressively, Lehman’s Alyssa Adams scored three goals and made three assists in a girls lacrosse victory over Danville. And although the game’s weren’t really about victory, a few basketball players made an out-of-season rebound. Wyoming Valley West’s Jaquan Ingram scored 18 points and was named the player of the game -- from the losing West team -- in the Dr. George Moses Boys Basketball All-Star Classic. Meanwhile, classy Rasheed Moore of Meyers earned the game’s sportsmanship award. … In the girls basketball classic, Dallas star Ashley Dunbar earned player of the game by scoring 12 points while leading the West squad to victory. Northwest sharpshooter Alivia Womelsdorf won an entertaining 3-point shooting contest by making seven shots from outside the arc during a halftime contest.