Gorman: South Allegheny pitching on Pribanics
Brenna Pribanic has been South Allegheny's workhorse, pitching all but one inning of every Gladiators' game since her freshman year.
She also averaged one strikeout per inning over that span to hit the 400-K milestone.
So, it was just her luck that Pribanic sprained her left ankle Wednesday while trying to beat out an infield single in an 8-4 win over Chartiers-Houston.
“I'm sick to my stomach,” South Allegheny coach Hal Minford said. “She's battle-tested. She's done all of this for this moment.”
It puts Pribanic (11-3) in a precarious position. She's wearing a boot and using crutches but hopes to pitch in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
If not, South Allegheny will have a familiar name in the pitcher's circle: sophomore Sara Pribanic, Brenna's sister.
Pribanic & Pribanic might sound like a law firm, but the sisters are polar opposites. Brenna is a 5-foot-4 lefty with four pitches; Sara is a 5-9 righty who relies on a fastball and changeup.
“I have confidence in her,” Brenna said of Sara, who pitched the final four innings against Chartiers-Houston. “She's nothing to mess around with.
“I can give her some tips, but I don't know if she'll listen because I'm her bigger sister.”
Ideally, Brenna will recover in time to pitch Wednesday against Burgettstown.
“But if that's something that doesn't happen for me, I'm going to support my team every step of the way because that's what they do for me,” she said. “If I can, I would like to. But I'm not going to jeopardize the team's chances of winning just so I can pitch.”
Either way, you have to like South Allegheny's chances with a Pribanic in the pitcher's circle.