Chel­tenham rolls past Lower Moreland

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Mike Prince


com While it felt more like the dead of win­ter than ac­tual soft­ball sea­son on Fri­day, Chel­tenham’s of­fense ap­peared to al­ready be in mid­sea­son form Rn ZKDW ZDV WKH firVW GDy RI WKH spring sports sea­son.

,n lHVV WKDn fivH Iull Ln­nings, the Lady Pan­thers man­aged to rack up a whop­ping 16 hits in what was a mercy rule-short­ened 16-6 ZLn RvHr LRZHr 0RrHlDnG in a reg­u­lar sea­son-open­ing meet­ing at Chel­tenham High School on a frigid and windy af­ter­noon be­tween the two non-con­fer­ence teams.

The Lady Pan­thers with­out their top hit­ter in the lineup, scored six runs com­bined in WKH firVW WZR Ln­nLnJV DnG SuW up an eight-spot in the bot­tom of the fourth en route to WKH FRn­vLnFLnJ vLFWRry.

“, WKRuJKW ZH KLW vHry well,” Chel­tenham coach Ron Pearl­stein said. “We jumped on the ball, they found some gaps and I thought we ran the bases vHry ZHll. , ZDV SlHDVHG with the way they played ofIHnVLvHly. , HxSHFWHG LW, EuW we were miss­ing one of our best hit­ters, Nina Jack­son, who is our No. 4 hit­ter.”

Chel­tenham’s of­fense was led by sopho­mores Rita LayFKRFN, ZKR finLVKHG 4-IRr-5 with two runs scored an RBI triple, and Al­lie Wil­liams, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI.

Chel­tenham ju­niors Erika Win­ter and helly Gra­ham also had big days, go­ing 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and 2-for-4 with one run DnG IRur RB,, rHVSHFWLvHly.

“TKHVH JLrlV KDvH D lRW RI power and they know how to hit,” Pearl­stein said.

The Lady Pan­thers got on the score­board im­me­di­ately thanks to a two-run dou­ble by Gra­ham in the bot­tom of the firVW LnnLnJ. ,n WKH VHFRnG, sopho­more Mad­die Bear hit an RBI dou­ble to start what turned into be a four-run in­ning for Chel­tenham.

In the fourth, the Lady Pan­thers bat­ted around, putting up HLJKW runV Rn VHvHn KLWV. TZR of those hits came from Wil­liams, who started the in­ning off with a sin­gle be­fore hit­ting a two-out, two-run sin­gle later in the in­ning to put the mercy rule into ef­fect.

And while you may look at the Chel­tenham win and see 16 runs scored be­ing the story of the game, Chel­tenham sopho­more pitcher Grace DeRosa qui­etly pitched a noKLWWHr LnWR WKH fiIWK LnnLnJ.

“Grace is a good ball player and I ex­pected that start from her,” Pearl­stein said. “She’s been pitch­ing well and work­ing hard and I was proud of her. She got into a lit­tle bit of trou­ble there at the end, but she sum­moned up the strength DnG IRrWLWuGH DnG finLVKHG. , ZDV vHry SlHDVHG.”

DeRosa’s no-hit bid was bro­ken up in the top of the fiIWK, DV LRZHr 0RrHlDnG PDnDJHG WR SuW fivH runV Rn the board to ex­tend the game WR WKH ERWWRP RI WKH fiIWK. TKH big hit came off the bat of Domenica Ric­ciuti, who hit a bases-clear­ing triple to help make the score more re­spectable for the Lady Lions.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Lower Moreland coach haren Reese said. “For as cold as it was to­day, and for DV SDLnIul DV LW PuVW’vH EHHn to swing the bat, they didn’t JLvH uS DnG WKHy FDPH EDFN. I’m proud of them for that. WH’rH D vHry yRunJ WHDP DnG ZH KDvH D lRW RI ZRrN to do, but I’m feel­ing really good about our po­ten­tial.”

The Lady Lions, who were led by Ric­ciuti’s three RBI and ha­ley Przy­bylin­ski, who went 1-for-3 with a run and an RB,, ZLll KDvH SlHnWy RI WLPH to cor­rect their mis­takes from Fri­day, as they do not play an­other game un­til the Tues­day af­ter Easter Sun­day.

As for Chel­tenham, nearly HvHry SlDyHr JRW Ln Rn WKH ac­tion against Lower Moreland. Sab­rina Casseus went 1-for-3 with three walks, a stolen base and three runs scored, while Di­a­mond Waller added an RBI sin­gle. Becca Sims also added an RB,, ZKLlH BHDr finLVKHG 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and one RBI. The game ended when Lay­chock hit a two-out ground­ball to sec­ond base which was booted by the Lower MorelDnG Ln­fiHlGHr, Dl­lRZLnJ WLl­liams to score the run which put the Lady Pan­thers back up by 10 runs.

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