Maid­ens fall to Ne­shaminy in semi­fi­nal matchup

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@21st-cen­tu­ryme- dia.com

It took 13 in­nings of post­sea­son soft­ball be­fore North 3HQQ fiQDOOy gRW WR 1HsKDPLny pitcher Lau­ren nu­ense.

The run out­put, how­ever, came up short of send­ing the Maid­ens to State Col­lege.

North Penn used a pair of runs in the bot­tom of the sixth to cut Ne­shaminy’s ad­van­tage to one, but nu­ense was able to hold off the come­back bid as the Red­skins edged the Maid­ens 3-2 in the PIAA Class AAAA sHPL­fiQDOs -uQH 11 at Wil­liam Ten­nent High School.

“:H EDWWOHG IrRP WKH firsW in­ning and I guess our best wasn’t good enough. We fell short, but we bat­tled from the very start,” North Penn sopho­more catcher Becky Christof­fers said. “And we didn’t even think we would be here, so it was a great op­por­tu­nity to be here.”

Christof­fers was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Alexa Gable went 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and a run scored for the Maid­ens, who had nine hits off nu­ense af­ter the Ne­shaminy ace shut them out in WKH DLsWrLFW 2QH sHPL­fiQDOs. But North Penn (18-10) has trou­ble cap­i­tal­iz­ing on its of­fense, leav­ing nine run­ners on base.

“We had our chances. It was al­ways with two outs,” North Penn coach Rick Torresani said. “Mor­gan [Wier­nusz] came up with a clutch hit, and we just couldn’t get it done when we needed it. And it’s a shame, cause th­ese kids played hard, gave ev­ery­thing they had.”

Sam Of­fen­back was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs for Ne­shaminy, driv­ing in the game-win­ning run in the sixth with a sin­gle as the Red­skins (23-2) ad­vance to WKHLr firsW sWDWH fiQDO sLQFH win­ning the PIAA Class AAA ti­tle in 2003. Sarah 6QLGHr-LHRQKDusHr fiQLsKHG 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and had Ne­shaminy’s other RBI.

The Red­skins were set to face Dis­trict Seven champ Canon-McMillan — which de­feated Penns­bury 3-1 in WKH RWKHr sHPL­fiQDO DW CDrOisle High School — for the cham­pi­onship at 12:30 p.m. -uQH 14 DW 3HQQ 6WDWH’s 1LW­tany Lion Soft­ball Park.

“It’s awe­some. We worked

for this all year and even WhRuJh WhHrH’s EHHQ REsWD­cles in our way, we overFDPH WhHP,” QuHQsH sDLG. “ThLs Ls WhH ODsW RQH.”

North Penn was look­ing WR PDNH LWs firsW 3,AA fiQDO since win­ning the 3A crown LQ 1985. ThH sHPL­fiQDO DS­pear­ance was the far­thest the pro­gram had ad­vance in the state play­offs since then.

“,’P rHDOOy SrRuG RI HYHryRQH RQ WhH WHDP,” ChrLsWof­fers said. “We all came out ready to play this year, even though in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son we kind of were ready and we kind of were ner­vous. We just shook it off and came out ready to play LQ GLsWrLFWs DQG sWDWHs.”

nu­ense gave up two earned runs on nine hits and col­lected the com­plete-game win in the cir­cle. She struck RuW fiYH, wDONHG RQH. QuHQse had al­lowed the Maid­ens MusW WwR hLWs LQ WhH RHGsNLQs’ 2-0 win over North Penn in WhH GLsWrLFW sHPL­fiQDOs, whLFh was also held at Wil­liam Ten­nent.

“WhHQ wH firsW sDw hHr, wH sDw hHr rLsH DQG wH wHrHQ’W usHG WR WhDW,” ChrLsWRIIHrs sDLG. “WH GLGQ’W sHH D JRRG SLWFhHr uQWLO hHr. AQG LW’s MusW the sec­ond time see­ing her, I guess, you re­al­ize what she throws and what she can do DQG whDW shH FDQ’W GR.”

North Penn starter Jackie Bilotti took the loss, giv­ing up three earned runs on six hits in seven in­nings — walk­ing three and strik­ing out two.

“-DFNLH GLG JrHDW,” TRr­rHsDQL sDLG. “ShH’s QRW DQ RYHrSRwHrLQJ SLWFhHr, sR shH’s got to mix her speeds up and shHs’s hDs WR hLW hHr sSRWs. And for a ma­jor­ity of the JDPH, WhDW’s whDW shH GLG.”

Nei­ther team had given up D ruQ LQ WhH firsW WwR rRuQGs of the PIAA Tour­na­ment, EuW WhH 0DLGHQs’ shuWRuW streak came to a quick end as Ne­shaminy plated two in WhH WRS RI WhH firsW.

With one out, nu­ense hit a sin­gle with Ju­lia McGovern be­ing hit by a pitch to put two on for Snider-Leon­hauser, who dou­bled to right to score the open­ing run. OfIHQEDFN’s sLQJOH WhrRuJh WhH OHIW sLGH RI WhH LQ­fiHOG RQ WhH next at-bat made it 2-0 Red­skins.

“I think we got a lit­tle down af­ter the two runs were sFRrHG,” ChrLsWRIIHrs sDLG. “AQG WhHQ wH rHDOLzHG LW’s the be­gin­ning of the game, wH FDQ FRPH EDFN.”

Erin Maher led off the 0DLGHQs’ hDOI RI WhH firsW wLWh a dou­ble, while Bilotti was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs. But nu­ense was able to work out of the jam un­scathed — Maher was forced RuW DW WhLrG RQ D fiHOGHr’s choice, while nu­ense ended the in­ning with a strike­out and ground­out to sec­ond.

The Maid­ens again threat­ened in the fourth, load­ing the bases with two outs on a Melissa Fasick sin­gle, Gable dou­ble and Wier­nusz walk. Yet Ne­shaminy main­tained its two-run lead as Gable was forced out at third de­spite a lit­tle trou­ble from third base­man Selina Alicea LQ fiHOGLQJ WhH JrRuQGHr hLW to her.

“That girl bob­bles the EDOO DW WhLrG — LI wH’rH sDIH at third, we get a run, who knows what hap­pens from WhHrH,” TRr­rHsDQL sDLG. “-usW Rur ERuQFHs GLGQ’W JR Rur wDy, wH GLGQ’W hDYH WhH OuFN WRGDy.”

The Red­skins went ahead 3-0 with two outs in top RI WhH fiIWh, Ds 0FGRYHrQ walked and Snider-Leon­hauser sin­gled be­fore Of­fen­back plated an­other run with her RBI sin­gle.

North Penn pulled to within one in the bot­tom of the sixth. Me­gan Cur­ley sin­gled with one out, while Gable col­lected a two-out base hit two bat­ters later. Wier­nusz then sin­gled in Cur­ley. ChrLsWRIIHrs’ fly EDOO IRuQG a way to drop into shal­low rLJhW fiHOG IRr D sLQJOH, sFRring Gable to make it 3-2. Maher was close to ty­ing the FRQWHsW, EuW hHr flDrH WR OHIW was caught by a div­ing Carly Cole­man.

“Erin had a chance, the girl made a great catch in OHIW fiHOG WR GHSrLYH us D ruQ WhHrH,” TRr­rHsDQL sDLG.

Michelle Hol­weger kept North Penn alive in the sev­enth with a two-out sin­gle, but nu­ense seal Ne­shamiQy’s YLFWRry Ey JHWWLQJ D ground out to her on the next at-bat.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSO­RAS

North Penn’s Vicky Tu­masz wipes away tears as the Ne­shaminy team cel­e­brate its vic­tory over the Maid­ens in the PIAA Class AAAA semi­fi­nal June 11.

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