All field, no hit. Though she was the starter at third base, Emily Conway had been relegated to the role of St. John the Baptist's designated non-batter.
That was until Friday, when she hit the first career home run of her life and earned her way back into the batting order, going 1-for-2 in an 11-6 loss to Sacred Heart in CHSAA softball.
In her first day back in the offensive lineup, Conway's goal was to just get on base. She walked in her first at-bat of the season. Conway was at the plate in the fifth inning with no runners on base and hit a drive out of the park to right-center. She grounded out to second in the seventh inning.
"I ran to first and I asked the first-base coach, 'Did I just hit a home run?' " Conway said. "She said just run the bases."
"I never hit a home run in my entire life," Conway said.
Once, with a travel team, "I thought I had a home run but the catcher tagged me out at home plate."
Not this time. The home run ball was retrieved and given to Emily's mom, who was celebrating a birthday Friday. "I loved watching her skip around the bases," Lynn Conway said. "It was a great birthday present."
St. John the Baptist (4-3) was down 9-2 before Conway hit the home run in the bottom of the fifth. She also walked.
"She certainly earned her spot back in the lineup as of today -- with that performance," St. John the Baptist coach Brianna Herr said.
Conway has consistently been reliable in the field and now has shown she can be an asset for the Cougars at the plate. She is relieved to have her spot back in the lineup,
"It's been a rough beginning of the season but I'm finally back at it."