North Penn rallies past Lansdale Catholic
The North Penn softball team hopes that Saturday nLJKW’s fiIWK-LnnLnJ raOOy against crosstown rival Lansdale Catholic is the bHJLnnLnJ RI a sHFRnG-KaOI turnaround for its offense.
The Maidens got a pair of timely hits, drew three walks and ultimately pushed four runs across to take the lead IRr JRRG Ln a 4-2 nRn-OHaJuH victory over the Crusaders.
It was just the type of bRRsW NRrWK PHnn (6-4) was looking for at the midpoint of the season, as the Maidens earned an emotional win in front of a spirited crowd on a FROG, wLnGy nLJKW aW WKH NRrGwyn Complex.
“This is what happend to us OasW yHar,” OHIWfiHOGHr AOexa Gable said of last year’s sHFRnG-KaOI surJH WR a DLsWrLFW OnH COass AAAA WLWOH. “WH’rH FRnfiGHnW. WH’rH JRing to keep going and stay positive.”
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“I was excited because I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately,” the No. 5 hitter said aIWHr KHr 2-IRr-3 SHrIRrPanFH. “,W IHOW JRRG WR finaOly be able to do something for my team.”
Hannah Sheean got the fiIWK sWarWHG IRr NRrWK PHnn with a leadoff single and she later scored on an error. MHJan CurOHy GrHw a basHsloaded walk to tie the game and Gable did the rest.
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“AsKOHy SLWFKHG JrHaW. SKH hit her spots,” Crusaders coach Paul Suder said. “We left a couple balls up that they drilled in, but for the most part, we hit her spots and kept them off balance. She did a really good job for us. It was a good game. North Penn’s a great team and it was a lot of fun. It’s a step up for us to play them and it was a good game. They’re defending district champs, so we got a little bit of a measuring stick.”
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