Eclipse claims USSSA state crown
received an opportunity to travel to Florida for the USSSA National Tournament, but will decline to continue the weekend tournaments in state.
“We were not expecting to win,” Lopes said. “We were down a couple players, but we are clutch. We put the runners on and do the little things that count.”
The road to a state championship was not an easy one. In fact, the state championship game was the only time they did not need to UDOOy IURP D GHfiFLW WR HDUQ D victory. Multiple girls came through in the clutch.
“We had a couple new players stick out that helped us win states,” Lopes said. “Jackie Bilotti, Lauren Ostopowicz (North Penn) and Emily Reis came up clutch so many times.
Possibly nobody was more clutch than recent Quakertown grad Emily Reis. The third basemen, who is headed to play softball at Washington and Jefferson, collected the game-winning hit in the second and third games of the weekend.
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Not all of the 18U girls are going to play in college or have another year of high school remaining. Lopes, a Quakertown grad and vocal leader of the team could not ask for a better way to cap of softball career. She has played for the Eclipse for four summers, three under Diehl, and to win last weekend was unforgettable.
“This is it for me,” Lopes said. “A state championship is such a great thing to have at the end of my softball career. I don’t think anything can top that feeling of coming back and winning it all.
Nor-Gwyn pitcher Brian Maher steps to the plate with a pitch during Bux-Mont American Legion action against Hatfield.