1OUWK 3enn, Bilowwi Elank 3en­nuigje

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@21st-cen­tu­ryme- dia.com

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.”

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