Alden leads Ten­nent by Abing­ton

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

mprince@mont­gomerynews.

com Wil­liam Ten­nent is hop­ing that Mon­day’s game could be one which turns its sea­son around. Af­ter all, Ln WKH /DGy 3DnWKHUs’ fiUsW four con­fer­ence games, they were un­able to se­cure a sin­gle win.

But thanks to a bril­liant ef­fort from pitcher Nikki Alden –on both the mound and at the plate – Ten­nent was fi­nally able to cap­ture its first Sub­ur­ban One Na­tional Con­fer­ence vic­tory, a T-0 win over Abing­ton in an af­ter­noon game played at Abing­ton High School.

Alden, who also went 3-for-4 from the plate with a dou­ble, struck out 11 bat­ters over seven in­nings of work to earn the win.

“Nikki was out­stand­ing to­day,” Ten­nent coach Erika Lee said. “She pitched very well and that was a typ­i­cal per­for­mance for her. She came through on of­fense and on de­fense for the team. She shut down the other team’s bat­ters and really came through on the mound for us. She really found her­self out there, so that was good.”

While it was also Alden help­ing her own cause at the plate, the rest of her team helped out of­fen­sively and they did so early on in the con­test.

The Lady Pan­thers (2-S, 1-4F put up two runs in the fiUsW LnnLnJ DnG WKUHH PRUH in the third to open up the game and take a 5-0 lead on the Lady Ghosts.

Ten­nent scored again in WKH fiIWK DnG sLxWK Ln­nLnJs, putting up one more score in the top half of each in­ning to build on its lead.

“Of­fen­sively, we put the ball in play,” Lee said. “A lot of hits were strung to­gether and the girls made things hap­pen. Nikki (AldenF ob­vi­ously did a great job go­ing 3-for-4 at the plate.”

Alden wasn’t the only Ten­nent player to record mul­ti­ple hits on the af­ter­noon. 6DUDK .HHny finLsKHG 3-IRU-5 from the plate, while Am­ber O’Toole went 2-for-2. Elise Wood also made a con­tri­bu­tion of­fen­sively, go­ing 2-for-4 to help the Lady Pan­thers to the shutout vic­tory.

“We’re really hop­ing this was our turn-around game,” said Lee, who is in her sec­ond year as head coach of the Lady Pan­thers. “It was really good to get this win.”

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