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May 10, 2013

Fast Pitches: Marblehead's Messinger has field day against Gloucester

Fast Pitches

Gianna Addario

It seemed like a rarity last year when then Marblehead freshman Emily Messinger hit five home runs in a single season. As the squad’s Offensive Player of the Year, she batted .481 with 26 hits in her first-season as a varsity player

This year, Messinger proved that her hitting capability isn’t just a one shot deal and that in fact she’s one of the biggest offensive threats in the Northeastern Conference. Messinger hit three fence-clearing home runs in the Magicians’, 10-5 win over Gloucester last weekend.

“She is only going to get better,” Marblehead head coach Johnny Gold said of Messinger. “Emily’s only 15 and in a season and a half, she already has 11 home runs, which is amazing for a young player.

“It’s a lot of fun to coach her and I have to try not to expect too much from a young player, which can be challenging. I want to make sure she keeps taking good swings and not start to over swing. Her mechanics are so good that I just keep reminding her to make good contact and stay with in her swing and continue to drive the ball.”

Gold said that in all of his years of coaching he’s never had a player hit three home runs in a single game.

Messinger hit a two-run bomb to center field in the first, a three-run homer to left in the second inning and finished with six RBI in the fifth when she jacked her third home run of the game — this time to right field.

“When I get up to the plate I try not to really think,” Messinger said of her technique. “I find that when I’m trying to remember all my mechanics, I mess up because I’m thinking of that rather then focusing on the game. One thing I try to avoid thinking about is trying to smash the ball, or thinking about my previous hits.”

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