Hampsey making impact at U. of S.
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Tunkhannock Area graduate Jamie Hampsey looks to make an impact in her freshman season with the University of Scranton softball team.
Hampsey, 18, of Tunkhannock, will be one of the Royals’ starting pitchers this spring, and looks to help the team pick up as many wins as possible.
So far, Hampsey has tossed four games for the Royals, amassing 28 strikeouts in 19 innings pitching.
“I’m walking a lot of batters,” Hampsey said. “But overall I think things are going pretty well.”
Despite her current 5.53 earned run average, Hampsey has improved game-over-game and will look to settle into her new role.
“I was a little surprised to be thrown right in as a starter as a freshman,” Hampsey said. “But I think it’s something that I can handle.”
After graduating from Tunkhannock last spring, Hampsey worked with Dan DeMarco of Rock N’ Fire in Shoemakersville.
She said that she works with DeMarco twice per month on endurance, velocity and mastering different pitches.
She also traveled with the TC Tremors Elite softball team last summer.
Coming into her freshman season with the Royals, Hampsey said the competition is a little tougher, but she is used to facing a high level of batter from her travel team.
Among Hampsey’s goals for the season, she said she is looking to get her ERA down.
“I’d like to get my ERA down near a 1.00,” Hampsey said. “And just keep winning for the team.”
Hampsey has six pitches she can go to in order to retire batters.
She said her curve and rise have been working well lately, but she also has a drop, a screwball, a changeup and a fastball she can go to.
“It helps having that many pitches to go to,” Hampsey said. “It’s important at this level to be able to change speed and location. It doesn’t matter how fast you can throw the ball, batters at this level can adjust.”
Hampsey said it was a smooth transition settling in with a new team.
“Everyone is extremely welcoming,” Hampsey said. “The other girls have taken the younger girls under their wing. It hasn’t been hard to adjust.”
Hampsey, a nursing major, said one of the reasons she chose to attend the University of Scranton is because both her father, Ron, and mother, Gabrielle, went there.
“Also, they have a great nursing program,” Hampsey said. “It’s also nice because it’s close to home and my parents can come to my games.”
In her first season, Hampsey said she is hoping the team can surprise some opponents.
“I think we’re viewed as underdogs in our conference,” Hampsey said. “I hope we can get some upsets. I think we have the ability to surprise some teams.”
To follow Hampsey’s progress with the Royal softball team, visit athletics.scranton.edu.
The team will next face Penn State-Abington for a doubleheader at Alverthorpe Park in Jenkintown starting at 4 p.m.