Maidens ease past Soud­er­ton

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Ben Reese

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

North Penn’s soft­ball team knew it would be step­ping into the lion’s den this sea­son.

Af­ter all, the Maidens had won the aistrict One Class AAAA ti­tle last year and ad­vanced into the PIAA play­offs.

And they knew that ev­ery team would be gun­ning for them ev­ery time they VWHSSHG Rn WKH fiHOG. 7uHV­day, that team was Soud­er­ton.

How­ever, the Maidens put to­gether a seven-run fourth in­ning and a four-run sixth to pick up a 12-4 win over the In­di­ans in the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence opener for both teams.

North Penn coach Rick Tor­re­sani has an an­swer for those teams coming af­ter the Maidens. It is, ba­si­cally, that North Penn will be just as tough this year as last.

“We’re tak­ing ev­ery game as a play­off game,” Tor­re­sani said. “We just want to keep win­ning and tak­ing one game at a time.

“I know it’s a cliché and ev­ery­body says you take one game at a time but … that’s what we did at the end of last year, took one game at a time. We worked hard for the game and what­ever hap­pened, hap­pened.

“That’s what we want to do this year, not look ahead. We don’t want to read what­ever they are say­ing in the sports pages about us. We just want to go out there and play hard.

“Who­ever we’re play­ing is go­ing to want to come out and play a good game against us as we want to do against them.”

Well, Soud­er­ton cer­tainly came out with win­ning on its mind. The In­di­ans grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the sec­ond in­ning and, af­ter North Penn scored one in the third, again upped the lead to two runs with a sin­gle­ton in the top of the fourth.

But then things came apart for the Big Red. The Maidens got nine con­sec­u­tive play­ers on base in the bot­tom of the fourth on their way to seven runs.

North Penn par­layed only two sin­gles with two hit bat­ters, three walks and two er­rors into its runs. Of the VHYHn runV, fiYH wHrH HDrnHG.

“It was a men­tal col­lapse, pretty much,” Soud­er­ton

coach Court­ney Hughes said. “We know that we’re work­ing on our pitch­ing through this sea­son.

“WH KDG D FRuSOH RI fiHOGers not mak­ing plays and it kind of takes you out of the zone. We could have had bet­ter pitch­ing.

“They are things we have to work to elim­i­nate. We’ve had them in the past, but we’re turn­ing new leaves over but we’re not quite there yet.”

Tor­re­sani was philo­soph­i­cal about the fourth in­ning.

“In this kind of game, with this kind of wind (which was blow­ing at gale-force lev­els), what­ever they are go­ing to give you, you have to take,” he said. “And that’s what this team does.

“It doesn’t mat­ter that we only had two hits, we scored seven runs and that’s the key. We’ve got to take what the pitcher gives us.”

It was not an ideal in­ning for Soud­er­ton starter Salina Alle­bach. She only re­tired two bat­ters and gave up all seven runs be­fore be­ing re­lieved by Me­gan Roy­nan.

Melissa Fasick started the in­ning by get­ting hit by a pitch. Han­nah Shee­han reached base in the same way.

Jenn Hal­co­v­age walked to load the bases but Meghan CurOHy ERunFHG LnWR D fiHOGer’s choice, eras­ing Fasick at home. Con­sec­u­tive walks to Becky Christof­fers and Erin Ma­her forced in two runs and Michelle Hol­weger plated an­other with a sin­gle.

Alexa Gable hit into a fiHOGHr’V FKRLFH wLWK CKrLVWof­fers be­ing forced at home. sicky Tu­masz hit a grounder that the In­di­ans’ sec­ond base­man mis­played, al­low­ing two runs to score and, when the ball was thrown past the third base­man try­ing to get Gable, she scored.

That was the last bat­ter for Alle­bach. Fasick sin­gled in the sev­enth run off Roy­nan be­fore Shee­han grounded out to end the in­ning.

It also gave Tor­re­sani the op­por­tu­nity to take start­ing pitcher Jackie Bilotti out and get Tu­masz some time in the FLrFOH. BLORWWL WRVVHG WKH fiIWK and then yielded to Tu­masz.

“She (Bilotti) had been up in her pitches,” Tor­re­sani said. “sicky’s a good pitcher.

“She de­serves ev­ery right to go out there and show her stuff, too. You just never know dur­ing the sea­son. If some­body gets hurt, we have some­body ready to go out there and throw.

“I’m not afraid to put her (Tu­masz) in there. Jackie’s go­ing to go out there and throw and sicky’s go­ing to be in some games, too.”

The lone blot on Tu­masz’ pitch­ing line came on her firVW EDWWHr Ln WKH VLxWK. Amanda Brush stepped into one and belted it over the OHIW-fiHOG IHnFH, EuW TuPDVz VHWWOHG GRwn DnG finLVKHG out the game with­out any more prob­lems.

It was a big day at bat for HROwHJHr. SKH finLVKHG wLWK WKrHH KLWV Ln fiYH DW-EDWV, scor­ing two runs and driv­ing in one.

Tu­masz and Fasick each had two hits and one RBI each. Tu­masz scored twice and Fasick once.

Brush topped the In­di­ans at the plate. She had a sin­gle to go along with her home run.

Hughes was a bit dis­ap­pointed that her high-scor­ing team could only man­age four runs against North Penn.

“We had tons of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said. “We had girls just not do­ing what they have been do­ing in their at­bats.

“We wouldn’t nor­mally leave that many run­ners on. I don’t know if it was nerves or if they were just too ex­cited or press­ing too much but wH’rH JRLnJ WR fix LW.”

And the In­di­ans, like the Maidens, have lots of time ahead of them. Both teams will take it one game at a time.

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