North Penn misses op­por­tu­ni­ties in loss

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@t21st-cen­tu­ryme- dia.com

Right from the start, North Penn was mak­ing solid con­tact and get­ting peo­ple on.

A lead­off dou­ble by Erin Maher, fol­lowed by Jackie Bilotti be­ing hit by a pitch, quickly gave the Maid­ens ruQQHrs DW firsW DQG sHFRQG LQ WhH ERWWRP RI WhH firsW.

North Penn seemed in good po­si­tion to climb out of DQ HDrOy 2-0 GH­fiFLW.

What fol­lowed, how­ever, was not what the Maid­ens wHrH ORRNLQJ IRr: D fiHOGHr’s choice, a strike­out and a ground­out to sec­ond. The threat was ended and Ne­shaminy got out of the in­ning with its 2-0 lead in­tact.

It was a pat­tern that would con­tinue through­out this PIAA Class AAAA semi­fiQDO DW WLOOLDP THQQHQW High School June 11. The Maid­ens got the hits — nine of them in fact — but just FRuOGQ’W EuQFh WhHP WRgether.

North Penn left nine run­ners stranded in the 3-2 loss to its Dis­trict One ri­val.

“We got the girls on but un­for­tu­nately we just FRuOGQ’W JHW WhDW FOuWFh hLW,” Maher said. “Maybe to­day wDsQ’W Rur GDy.”

The Maid­ens again got their lead­off girl on in the third, as No. 9 hit­ter Becky Christof­fers laid down a bunt sin­gle. But again, Ne­shaminy right han­der Lau­ren nu­ense got the ball where she wanted it, forc­ing Maher to line out to cen­ter, strik­ing out Bilotti and then throw­ing RuW 9LFNy TuPDsz DW firsW WR end the in­ning.

“She was mov­ing the ball DrRuQG D ORW,” SNLQs FRDFh Dave Chichilli said. “She was chang­ing speeds on them and she did a good job keep­ing the top of their lineuS RII EDODQFH.”

AIWHr 0DhHr’s GRuEOH LQ WhH firsW, QuHQsH sur­rHQGHrHG MusW RQH hLW WR WhH 0DLGHQs’ top four hit­ters, and that was a two-out sin­gle up the mid­dle by Michelle Hol­weger in the sev­enth. And WhHQ QuHQsH, wLWh WhH IDQs’ FhDQWs RI “Q” DW WhHLr ORuGHsW, FDOPOy fiHOGHG D FhRSper by Meghan Cur­ley and WhrHw WR firsW WR HQG LW.

“ShH’s D TuDOLWy SLWFhHr,” Maid­ens coach Rick Torresani said. “We had our FhDQFHs DQG wH FRuOGQ’W JHW WhDW ELJ hLW. , fiJurHG LI wH scored four runs, we win the JDPH. ThDW’s whDW wH QHHGHG DQG wH GLGQ’W JHW LW.”

The Maid­ens nearly got it in the sixth. Be­hind 3-0 with two outs, No. 8 hit­ter Mor­gan Wier­nusz ripped a 3-2 SLWFh WR FHQWHr fiHOG, GrLYLQJ LQ CurOHy WR FuW WhH GH­fiFLW WR 3-1.

“ThDW wDs huJH,” TRr­re­sani said. “I thought that wRuOG JHW us JRLQJ DJDLQ.”

ChrLsWRIIHrs’ EORRS sLQJOH to right brought in Alexa Gable and made it 3-2.

Maher stepped to the plate, look­ing for her sec­ond hit of the con­test. She sPDFNHG D shDOORw fly WR left that was drop­ping fast and look­ing for a place to ODQG. BuW OHIW fiHOGHr CDrOy Cole­man came to the res­cue for the Skins, mak­ing a div­ing catch to deny North 3HQQ whDW GH­fiQLWHOy wRuOG have been the ty­ing run and pos­si­bly more.

“I wish that would have ODQGHG,” 0DhHr sDLG. “WH DOO did things in that game that we wish we could have done dif­fer­ently to change the out­come. Ev­ery­body wishes they could have got­ten that FOuWFh hLW.”

North Penn’s Michelle Hol­weger holds onto a ball as a slid­ing Erica Mo­han of Ne­shaminy breaks up a dou­ble-play at­tempt at sec­ond.

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