Souderton topples Hatfield
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“Our top of our order can hit,” Souderton assistant coach Nick Meara said. “They hit every game in and out.”
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“We took the lead, but we took a one-run lead,” Gallagher said. “What we really needed to do was when we had other opportunities, after we took the one-run lead, we really needed to keep those innings going.”
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squeeze play Stoltfus stole second and seemingly set the table to score to tying run, but Stoltfus was caught trying to steal third. With its scoring threat looking thwarted Guiliano ripped a go-ahead home run over the leIW fielG Ience.
“Everything went in our favor,” Meara said. “xWegner] and Stoltfus managed, without coaching to score a run on their own.”
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