Fn­jury-plagued Maid­ens fall to Hatters

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Ben Reese

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.

,n WhH fiUVW Ln­nLnJ, WhH fiUVW fiYH HDWWHUV UHDFhHG EDVH and four of them scored. fn the sec­ond, both lead-off hLWWHU 0DULD SpLnRVD DnG Deanna Moyer reached base and scored their sec­ond runs of the game and the Hatters added three more runs later in the frame.

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.

The Hatters only scored two more runs in the game. RHOLHYHU ShHHhDn, whR UH­placed Bilotti to start the fourth, gave up solo home runs to Jenn Cader in the

Cader in the fourth and Heather iutz in the sixth be­fore de­part­ing with her in­jury and Bilotti re­turned to fin­ish the game.

:LWK D 10-0 GH­fiFLW JRLQJ into the bot­tom of the fourth, North Penn started to come back. The Maid­ens put two runs on the score­board in the IRuUWK DQG fiIWK DQG DGGHG one in the sixth.

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.

7KH fiQDO 0DLGHQV UuQ came in the sixth. Michelle Hol­weger belted her sec­ond dou­ble of the game and raced home on iau­ren lstopow­icz’s dou­ble to right fiHOG.

“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.”

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