Eclipse claims USSSA state crown

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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.

“Af­ter the sec­ond game, wH fiJuUHG wH PLJKW Ds wHOO fiQLsK sWURQJ DQG wLQ LW,” Reis said. “I think I’m pretty good un­der pres­sure.”

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.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSO­RAS

Nor-Gwyn pitcher Brian Ma­her steps to the plate with a pitch dur­ing Bux-Mont Amer­i­can Le­gion ac­tion against Hat­field.

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