Fnjury-plagued Maidens fall to Hatters
For Montgomery Media
This has not been the season that many were expecting for North Penn softball.
fn 2012, the Maidens rolled through the season, finLVhLnJ 9-5 Ln WhH SuEuUEDn lne Continental Conference and 18-8 overall including a District lne title. They lost only catcher Jess Mower from their starting lineup.
But things aren’t the same this year.
fnjuries have taken their toll. Right now, North Penn has several players out with FRnFuVVLRnV, VWDUWLnJ fiUVW baseman sicky Tumasz is on the shelf with an injured hDPVWULnJ DnG HDnnDh ShHHhan injured her right shoulder in the latest game.
Things didn’t get any better on Tuesday when Hatboro-Horsham came to the 0DLGHnV’ hRPH fiHOG. 7hH HDWWHUV pRunGHG RuW Dn 11-5 victory.
“f’ve got four kids sitting hurt and that hurt me,” said North Penn coach Rick Torresani. “f just lost another player hurt and that means f’ve got another player down.
“Hopefully we’ll be getting these kids back and getting ready for districts and that’s when these kids hopefully will get it ready to go.”
However, Torresani isn’t using the injuries as an excuse. He knows that his team didn’t do well in the loss to the Hatters .
“We didn’t play well,” he said. “Jackie (starting pitcher Bilotti), this is one of the fiUVW JDPHV Ln D ORnJ whLOH that she got the ball up but they fought back.
“We just had a bad day and we’ve got to shake it off and get ready for Thursday. :hHn wH VFRUH fiYH UunV, wH win and that’s what f told the girls.”
Junior brin Maher knows what it is like to win at the highest levels. But she isn’t discouraged.
“,W’V GHfinLWHOy D FhDnJH RI pace from last season,” she said. “A lot of people say it’s the same team, but in a way it’s a lot different.
“We’re just going to try and bring a new attitude to the next couple of games. We know we’ve got to win to get into the playoffs.
“We’re not going to give up; we have a ton of heart. We’ll come out here and try to get some good wins so we can get in.”
Torresani echoed Maher’s assessment of the situation.
“f told them, ‘You came back,’” Torresani said. “‘You didn’t give up. You could have been 10-runned — you could have walked RII WhH fiHOG DnG VDLG ,’OO EH EDFN IRU SHnLRU DDy (Rn Thursday).’ But they didn’t. They fought back.”
That, more than anything, could be the turning point this late in the season.
Hatboro-Horsham came out swinging its bats. The Hatters sent nine hitters to WhH pODWH Ln ERWh WhH fiUVW DnG second innings and scored nine runs before North Penn had a chance to catch its breath.
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While H-H didn’t score in the third, it did load the bases before Maidens third baseman Meghan Curley and shortstop Jenn Halcovage pulled off a nifty double play to end the inning. ft was also the end for starter Bilotti.
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Cader in the fourth and Heather iutz in the sixth before departing with her injury and Bilotti returned to finish the game.
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fn the fourth, Alexa Gable and Curley singled and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Melissa Fasick drove in Gable with a ground out and Curley scored on Mor- gan Wiernusz’s single.
Hannah Uhler started things off in the fifth with a single and Maher walked. Both moved up a base when Bilotti grounded back to the first baseman and both scored on Curley’s double.
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“7RGDy wH fiQDOOy JRW some hitting,” Maher said. “f think a lot of girls stepped up. We didn’t give up.”
But that brings back the question of qualifying for the playoffs. North Penn is 5-T in league play and 9-T overall.
“We’ve won all our nonleague games,” Torresani said. “We’ll just have to wait DQG VHH. ,I wH FDQ fiQLVK RuW strong, then we’ll have a fiJKW.
“We’re in a tough division, playing tough teams each game; f think people know that. We’ll just wait and see.
“We’re going to go out to win all three games (left on the schedule) and see what happens and we’ll go from there.”