1OUWK 3enn, Bilowwi Elank 3ennuigje
There was a 2T-year gap beWween VWaWe SlayoII aSSeaUanceV IoU WKe 1oUWK 3enn VoIWEall WeaP. 1ow, EeKinG 6aWuUGay’V 2-M win over Pennridge in the DiVWUicW 2ne ClaVV AAAA TuaUWeUfinalV, WKe 0aiGenV Kave accoPSliVKeG WKe IeaW in back-to-back seasons.
The Maidens have ePeUJeG in a ViPilaU IaVKion. LaVW yeaU WKey claiPeG WKe district championship as the 1Mth seed. This season the 12WK-VeeGeG VTuaG iV coPinJ uS cluWcK yeW aJain. 7Ke invaluaEle exSeUience iV JivinJ WKe JiUlV confiGence anG again the Maidens’ sophoPoUe SiWcKeU -ackie BiloWWi EaIfleG oSSoVinJ KiWWeUV.
“We came back this season and did not start that well,” BiloWWi VaiG. “1ow we aUe MuVW KiWWinJ WKe Eall anG iW’V woUkinJ. 6coUinJ a loW of runs is nice, but today we VcoUeG Wwo UunV, KelG iW, anG that works too.”
BiloWWi ElankeG KeU UivalV anG WKe 13WK-VeeGeG 5aPV aW DUuckenPilleU )ielG, KolGing the home team to three KiWV. HeU aEiliWy Wo cKanJe speeds induced weak ground EallV anG IouU VWUikeouWV in WKe coPSleWe-JaPe eIIoUW.
“We just did not come up wiWK WKe WiPely KiWV,” 5aPV coacK 3aul .oeKleU VaiG. “You cannoW exSecW Wo VKuW ouW 1oUWK 3enn. 7Key SuW pressure on us and we did not answer.”
BiloWWi walkeG Wwo, EoWK IUee SaVVeV Wo WKe 5aPV IouUKole KiWWeU 3aiJe DeCew. 7Ke fiUVW walk waV inWenWional anG WKe VeconG waV SUacWically inWenWional, aV noWKinJ VniIIeG WKe KeaUW oI WKe SlaWe. BiloWWi’V VWUaWeJy Wo woUk aUounG DeCew SaiG oII aV Pennridge stranded a runner in scoring position in three separate innings.
“I have the utmost respect for Paige and I was not goinJ Wo leW KeU EeaW uV,” 0aiGenV coacK 5ick 7oUUeVani said. “Jackie was awesome. She missed her spot on two SiWcKeV in WKe wKole JaPe.”
:Kile DeCew GiG noW JeW the chance to contribute at WKe SlaWe, VKe waV GoinJ all VKe coulG in WKe ciUcle. 7Ke senior pitcher’s command was sharp and she had confiGence in all oI KeU SiWcKeV. HoweveU, wiWK UunneUV on second and third base in the WKiUG inninJ, DeCew GeciGeG to pitch to one of the MaidenV’ WoS KiWWeUV, 0icKelle HolweJeU.
“,W waV a IaVWEall inViGe and I have not been throwing Pany IaVWEallV all VeaVon,” DeCew VaiG. “, WKink we GefiniWely VKoulG’ve (walkeG HolweJeU) now WKaW , look back at it.”
HolweJeU SokeG WKe SiWcK Gown WKe UiJKW fielG line VcoUinJ (Uin 0aKeU anG BiloWWi, EoWK oI wKoP alVo GouEleG in WKe inninJ. 7Ke KiW Ey HolweJeU waV all WKe VuSSoUW BiloWWi needed on this afternoon. BiloWWi VuSSoUWeG KeUVelI Ey JoinJ 3-IoU-3 aW WKe SlaWe.
“:e weUe Ueally SUeSaUeG IoU WKiV JaPe,” BiloWWi VaiG. “I was trying to get over top oI WKe Eall, anG Py SoS-uSV lanGeG in JooG VSoWV WoGay. (veUyone elVe waV PakinJ iW happen, bringing us around. :Ken 0icKelle coPeV Wo WKe SlaWe, you know VKe iV JoinJ Wo KiW WKe Eall KaUG.”
7Ke 5aPV knew WKey neeGed to score runs against the heavy hitting Maidens if they were going continue their VeaVon. 7KeUe waV liWWle Wo no luck on WKeiU ViGe eaUly, EuW WKey neveU VWoSSeG EelievinJ WKey coulG EUeak WKUouJK.
“We made a good run,” DeCew VaiG. “:e neveU gave up, but it was not enouJK WoGay. 7KiV iV Py laVW game at Pennridge and it is unfortunate this group won’t JeW anoWKeU cKance Wo Slay together.”
,W waV noW unWil BiloWWi Uetired the side in the seventh inning that it set in that the 5aPV weUe ouW oI cKanceV. 7KUouJK eaUly VeaVon colG weather, to beating past VWaWe cKaPSionV, Wo finiVKinJ WKe UeJulaU VeaVon on a five-JaPe loVinJ VWUeak, WKe 5aPV VWuck WoJeWKeU.
“7KiV WeaP KaV EelieveG in wKaW WKey coulG Go all yeaU,” .oeKleU VaiG. “7Key Kave UaiVeG WKe level oI excellence IoU VoIWEall aW 3ennUiGJe. GeWWinJ Wo WKe VeconG UounG oI SlayoIIV will no lonJeU Ee JooG enouJK. :e wanted to do more.”