North Penn slugs past Pen­nridge

North Penn Life - - SPORT - By Nick Iuele ni­uele@mont­gomerynews. com

North Penn’s 7-7 record is more in­dica­tive of the tal­ent in the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence rather than the Maid­ens’ own abil­ity. De­spite go­ing up against an 8-4 Pen­nridge team, North Penn showed that it is just as danger­ous as any team in the league and should be watched for in dis­tricts.

“North Penn is a much bet­ter team than their record shows,” Pen­nridge coach Paul Kohler said. “I told the girls that this con­fer­ence is re­ally tough and if you give any of th­ese teams an ex­tra few outs, your go­ing to pay for it.”

Al­though they blew an early lead, the Maid­ens IRuJKW EDFN DnG usHG D fiYHrun sixth to bury Pen­nridge 11-5 and take a cru­cial step to­ward dis­tricts. Led by Michelle Hol­weger’s six-RBI per­for­mance that in­cluded a three-run homer, North Penn used mo­men­tum when it needed to and pow­ered past their league op­po­nents.

“This might be the sec­ond time I’ve had my full start­ing lineup out there and they came ready to hit,” North Penn coach Rick Torresani said. “Both teams hit, but we came back when we were down and took con­trol. We are now ready for the playRIIs. 7KHy KDYH WKH FRn­fi­dence they need now.”

In the early go­ing, it ap­peared that North Penn starter gackie Bilotti had her best stuff. While her team scratched out a run in each of WKH fiUsW WwR Ln­nLnJs, BLORWWL did not al­low a hit through three. The Maid­ens weren’t ex­actly swat­ting, ei­ther; WKHLU fiUsW WwR Uuns FDPH Rn D HROwHJHU sDFUL­fiFH fly DnG Bilotti’s RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond, but they only had fiYH KLWs Ln IRuU Ln­nLnJs.

Pen­nridge starter Paige DeCew, who had a solid fiUsW IRuU Ln­nLnJs RI wRUN, then tied the game with a two-run homer in the home half of the fourth. The Maid­ens were not to be out­done, how­ever, as Hol­weger blasted a three-run shot in the top RI WKH fiIWK WR JLYH KHU WHDP D 5-2 lead.

The see-saw again tilted in the Rams fa­vor the very next in­ning. This time, Rams’ lead­off hit­ter Emily May­hew clubbed a two-run bomb to put Pen­nridge within one DnG 0RUJDn LDEs’ 5B, fiHOGer’s choice knot­ted the game at 5-5. All of a sud­den, the mo­men­tum switched in the home team’s fa­vor and you had to won­der where BilotWL’s FRn­fiGHnFH wDs DW DIWHU start­ing so strong.

“I’m re­ally proud of the way the kids bat­tled,” Kohler said. “There is no TuLW Ln WKLs WHDP. 7KHy fiJKW un­til the last out. Truth be told, this was bet­ter than ei­ther of our games last week. If we limit the mis­takes and leave the ball out of the zone a lit­tle bet­ter, we’ll be in good shape.”

Luck­ily for Bilotti, her team­mates got her back in a big way.

Af­ter the North Penn half of the six started with two er­rors, Meghan Cur­ley gave the Maid­ens a lead ZLWK Dn 5B, VDFrL­fiFH fly. Hol­weger then added to her big day with a two-RBI base hit. How­ever, the big blow came from the bat of Vicky Tu­masz, who drilled a two-run homer to cen­ter. North Penn had dou­bled up Pen­nridge, lead­ing 10-5, be­fore the Rams knew what hap­pened.

“The power was huge,” Torresani said. “They did this against a very good pitcher in Paige. The bats finDOOy FDPH RuW; ZH KDYH been wait­ing for the bats to come around and they did tonight.”

The Pen­nridge of­fense could not come back from the big in­ning. Bilotti al­lowed just one hit over the next two in­nings and the Rams never truly threat­ened. Bilotti added an RBI sin­gle to fur­ther pad North Penn’s lead in the sev­enth, which just pro­vided the Rams with PRrH DnJVW. BLORWWL finLVKHG her com­plete game af­ter alORZLnJ D GRuEOH Ln WKH finDO in­ning, but it was DeCew’s FRn­fiGHnFH WKDW KDG WR EH Ln ques­tion. Kohler be­lieves in his ace.

“3DLJH fiJKWV DnG EDWWOHV for us,” Kohler said. “No one works harder than she does. We’ve talked about it and she re­al­izes that she just needs to keep the ball out of the mid­dle of the plate a bit more. You can’t let Hol­weger get her arms ex­tended, oth­er­wise the ball is go­ing to be gone.”

1RrWK 3Hnn, nRZ FRn­fi­dent of their dis­trict tour­na­ment prospects, will take this win and use it as proof that they can play with any­one.

“It was def­i­nitely a con­fi­dence- build­ing win, es­pe­cially in this at­mos­phere on the road,” Torresani said. “We are go­ing to go right into dis­tricts and see what hap­pens. We have ev­ery­thing we need to do well.”

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