Sarah Spencer profiles West Greene softball player Jade Renner.
(Photo: West Greene freshman Jade Renner pitched like an upperclassman this season, striking out 84 in 114 innings with an ERA of 1.90 in leading the Pioneers to a PIAA Class 1A championship. Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
"West Greene had given up seven hits and seven runs the first two innings, its path to a PIAA Class 1A title narrowing with each roar of the Williams Valley crowd.
"I hate crowds," West Greene freshman pitcher Jade Renner said. "I can't speak in front of people, I can't do anything in front of people, so when I got here I was just like 'Crap.'"
After Williams Valley's five-run second inning, Renner realized something — she had been stressing over placing the ball instead of putting her usual spin on it, making it harder for hitters to find contact. Renner settled down, limiting hitters to one run on five hits the last five innings, while the Pioneers offense caught fire for nine runs and a 9-8 state championship win.
"I didn't see a freshman out there today," West Greene coach Bill Simms said after the victory."