Pennsbury seniors’ shortened run does not dampen accomplishments
CAoiISib — It just wasn’t supposed to end like this for one of the most talented senior classes in the history of the tradition-rich Pennsbury High School softball program.
Two years ago, six of these players started for a Pennsbury team that came up just short in the PIAA Class AAAA state final when it failed to hold a tworun lead against HatboroHorsham in the sixth inning.
The Falcons advanced to the state semifinals last year but were then ousted by eventual state champions Central Bucks South.
bntering this year with six players already signed to Division-I scholarships, Pennsbury had high hopes this senior class would be the sixth in program history to win a state title.
Instead, it all ended with a thud as Pennsbury fell in the semifinals for the second year in a row, this time by the score of 3-1 to Canon- McMillan June 11 at Carlisle High School.
Needless to say, there were a lot of tears on the Falcon bench for a team that had only one goal in mind.
“It’s a tough one,” Pennsbury coach Frank McSherry said. “The thing to remember is these girls had a great year.”
The Falcons finished with a record of 21-5 and took a third place trophy in the district. The seniors also won 66 games in their last three years, reaching one state final and two semifinals.
“There are 160 teams in Class AAAA,” McSherry said. “And 158 of them wish they were in our position. The girls should be very proud of all they accomplished.”
The pride thing will kick in over time. For now, it’s a combination of shock and disappointment that the joyride is over. Frank McSherry said. “But we also missed our scoring opportunities. You just can’t do that in a game like this.”
It started right away when Canon McMillan E24-1) scored in the top of the first on a single by Jazmin hotter, a sac by Maddie bngel and a bloop oBI double off the bat of McCartney that probably should have been caught.
Pennsbury’s Mackenzie Obert is headed to Hartford University to continue her education and softball career.