East Marshall head softball coach Jary Hoskey picks up 300th career win
LE GRAND — Jary Hoskey fought back tears while talking to his team Wednesday night. The East Marshall coach had just seen his daughter, senior pitcher Kodie Hoskey, give up one unearned run over seven innings on Senior Night. When first baseman Catelyn Fisher caught a foul ball in the top of the seventh to record the final out of the night, Jary officially became a 300-win coach as the Mustangs (10-1) closed out a 4-1 win over Dike-New Hartford (5-4).
The Mustangs gave up a run in the top of the second inning, but Fisher scored from second base on a single from Jayleigh Pansegrau.
The teams didn’t score in the third inning, as East Marshall’s defense was much improved from earlier in the week in a 7-3 win over West Marshall.
“We do the seven-minute drill and so forth to give them a feel of how the ball’s going to feel getting hit to them,” Jary said. “We’re getting better.”
Dike-New Hartford was strong defensively as well, with the Mustangs struggling to string runs together and having one fewer hit on the night than the Wolverines.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Mustangs took the lead on a Callyn Curphy double, bringing in Elyse Roseland for what would be the winning run. Curphy also brought in courtesy runner Clare Veren in the sixth inning with her second double of the night. Kodie Hoskey and Morgan Neuroth (two hits) completed the hitting stats for the Mustangs.
After holding the Wolverines quiet in the fifth and sixth innings, East Marshall tacked on runs from Veren and Ellie Hull to complete the 4-1 scoreline.
Kodie, one of three senior leaders on the team alongside Hannah Birks and Reagan McIlrath, said the young Mustangs can become a scary team later in the season.
“I think being a leader is the fun part,” Kodie said. “If they get down, you gotta try and boost them up. They’re a great group of girls to play with and I’m excited for the next few weeks.”
The Wolverines worked the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the seventh before Kodie caught a pop-up for the final out — only for it to be called an illegal pitch. The Mustangs completed the win at the second time of asking, and the celebrations began.
After an emotional postgame meeting with players, the team presented Jary with a cake, cupcakes and balloons commemorating his 300th victory.
Jary, though, said the moment was thanks to the team on the field.
“I’m happy for the kids, that’s for sure,” Jary said. “The 300th win? I didn’t do it, it was the kids. We just have great kids coming up through the program and most of the time, they’re easy to coach. That’s why East Marshall has been successful. I don’t hit one ball, I don’t catch one ball. We just try and put the puzzle pieces together, Greg [Lee] and I.”
The Mustangs play at Gladbrook-Reinbeck Thursday night in Gladbrook.