Maidens ease past Souderton
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.
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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.
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coach Courtney Hughes said. “We know that we’re working on our pitching through this season.
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“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.
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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.”
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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.