Eclipse claims state USSSA ti­tle

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

The North menn Eclipse 18-and-un­der team has plenty of soft­ball left to be played this sum­mer, but they al­ready have a crown­ing achieve­ment in their back pocket.

Last Sun­day the team made up of girls from sev­eral dif­fer­ent high schools, signed up for the “A USSSA State Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment” to pre­pare for the “B tour­ney.” They ended up go­ing 6-1 over the week­end, out­last­ing 15 other teams, and win­ning it all.

Win­ning the A state chamSLRQVKLS GLVTuDOL­fiHV WKHP from the B tour­na­ment, which they won last sum­mer. So while there will be no re­peat, they will rest easy thanks to the win at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial mark in Rich­land.

“We are ac­tu­ally listed as a “B” team, but I sign us up for tour­na­ments where we can play the best,” Eclipse coach Lenny Diehl said. “Ev­ery­body played great and the pitch­ing was out­stand­ing. It is the top ac­com­plish­ment.”

So how did the team there for the ride end up be­ing the pace car?

The Eclipse de­scribed it as coach Lenny Diehl’s tricks, but he is not pulling a rab­bit out the hat. The coach put his team in cal­cu­lated po­si­tions to suc­ceed and the girls ex­e­cuted when it counted the most. They up­set the Le­high Val­ley mower (Al­len­townF and Sting 18U Black (Col­legevilleF be­fore beat­ing Odyssey (mly­mouth-Meet­ingF 4-1 IRU WKHLU fiQDO WULFN.

“Lenny has all the tricks,” short­stop Me­gan Lopes said. “When you think he would not do some­thing, like bunt with two strikes, he will and we will win that way. I think of him as a ma­gi­cian.”

In the cham­pi­onship win over Odyssey it was Chris­ten Martin who recorded the win for her ef­forts in the cir­cle. The ris­ing ju­nior at mhoenixville wel­comed an early 1-0 lead from the Eclipse of­fense and kept the op­po­si­tion off-bal­ance.

“In any state cham­pi­onship game nerves are go­ing to be in­volved,” Martin said. “My drop curve was work­ing. It is one of my fa­vorite pitches.”

The Eclipse tacked on and never let up de­fen­sively. North menn’s Jackie Bilotti came on to SLWFK WKH fiQDO LQQLQJV WR VHFuUH the sur­pris­ing cham­pi­onship win. With the win the Eclipse

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSO­RAS

North Penn Eclipse girls 18U’s Jayme Ziegler de­liv­ers a pitch to a Delco Force bat­ter dur­ing their con­test at Sch­weiker Park in Lans­dale on The Satur­day.

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