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to,” Gal­lagher said. “We all played re­ally well in the first game and it felt like we were work­ing well to­gether to get the job done.”

After go­ing 1-1 on Tues­day, the SOL/BAL went into Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s game with Ch­ester County with both teams need­ing to win in or­der to keep play­ing. Ch­ester County, which was short-handed with a hand­ful of play­ers away at a travel tour­na­ment in New Jer­sey, had no an­swer for SOL/BAL pitcher An­gelina Sherba.

Sherba, a ris­ing se­nior at CB West, struck out seven and al­lowed just three hits in her four al­lot­ted in­nings of work against Ch­ester County. She also joined Gal­lagher and Bris­tol’s Cara Fabi­ano as part of the SOL/BAL hit pa­rade with a triple in the fourth in­ning.

Sherba didn’t pitch in the fi­nale, but cou­pled with a strong show­ing against a hard-hit­ting Tri-cape team on Tues­day, it was a good cou­ple of days for the Bucks’ left-han­der.

“I’ve never faced her coach­ing but this was her third game for us and there’s some­thing about her where girls just have a hard time figuring her out,” Boyer said. “She’s very de­cep­tive, good out­side move­ment on the ball and hit­ters re­ally strug­gle.”

In the spring, Boyer asked Gal­lagher to pitch for Up­per Dublin, de­spite it be­ing out­side the in­fielder’s usual com­fort zone. Still, she stepped up when needed for her team and the Car­di­nals fin­ished over .500 and were in the hunt for a play­off spot late in the sea­son.

Dur­ing the Car­pen­ter Cup, Gal­lagher avoided the cir­cle, play­ing a lit­tle out­field and in­field on Tues­day and a lot of third base on Wed­nes­day. Bat­ting cleanup against Ch­ester County, she also mashed the ball, go­ing 3-for-4 with three RBI. Her two-run base knock was the big hit in a fiverun fourth in­ning that put SOL/BAL up 7-0.

“Erin pitched ev­ery game for us at Up­per Dublin and she’s a very good third and first base­man, as she’s ex­hib­ited here but she will do any­thing and ev­ery­thing that’s asked of her,” Boyer said. “She does a nice job of find­ing a way to get on base and put the ball in play. It doesn’t what her stats say, she just wants to make things hap­pen.”

Be­ing able to fo­cus on her bat was a wel­come respite for Gal­lagher, who was joined on the ros­ter by UD team­mates Meghan Muth and Brianna Parker.

“It shows that even though we were only to­gether a short amount of time, we were able to come to­gether and play as a team,” Gal­lagher said. “It was a lit­tle quiet at first but I think once we all got to know how we play and got talking about who else we knew and our schools, it brought us to­gether.”

Fabi­ano, a ris­ing se­nior at Bris­tol, had hit the ball hard all tour­na­ment but didn’t have much to show for it un­til Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Her sac fly that plated Emily Groarke (North Penn) in the first gave SOL/BAL an early lead and it was a hard-hit grounder off her bat in the fourth that led to a tworun er­ror be­fore Gal­lagher’s two-run hit.

Fabi­ano also belted a two-run triple in the sixth in­ning against Ch­ester County and had one of the team’s only two hits against Le­high Val­ley.

“We had a cou­ple kids start to be a leader and pick it up and I think that started to be a lit­tle more con­ta­gious,” Boyer said. “That’s im­por­tant, you need to know your team­mates are ral­ly­ing be­hind you in an im­por­tant sit­u­a­tion and they were mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

In the af­ter­noon game, the SOL/BAL ran into a buz­z­saw of­fense in Le­high Val­ley. A 2-1 win­ner over the PCL in their morn­ing game, Le­high Val­ley mixed pa­tience with power against SOL/BAL, slam­ming four triples in the first two in­nings to open up a 7-0 lead.

With the SOL/BAL arms run­ning on fumes, Le­high Val­ley also worked counts and drew eight walks in the game, six of them com­ing in the team’s eight-run fourth in­ning that helped bring about an early end­ing in the fifth stanza. Spring­field Town­ship’s Mary Kate Smith walked and stole sec­ond in the third as the only SOL/BAL bat­ter to reach scor­ing po­si­tion while Dock’s Theresa Beck sin­gled in the fifth in­ning for the team’s other hit.

Boyer has been the SOL/ BAL coach for a num­ber of years, so Gal­lagher heard plenty about the Car­pen­ter Cup from team­mates the past few years and de­cided she wanted to see what it was about. While she would have liked to have gone fur­ther in the tour­na­ment, it was still worth the trip for the soonto-be-se­nior.

“It’s a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence,” Gal­lagher said. “Any­one who can do it should come to try out and play.”

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