Sub­ur­ban One/bi­cen falls to Berks

The Globe - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

If you had told Sub­ur­ban One/Bi­cen­ten­nial League coach Heather Boyer that her team would still be alive on Day 3 of this year’s Car­pen­ter Cup tour­na­ment, she would prob­a­bly be very pleased. But be­cause of an ar­ray of in­clement weather, it was con­tin­ued delays and post­poned games rather than mul­ti­ple vic­to­ries which kept the team around for the ex­tended pe­riod of time.

On Mon­day, af­ter get­ting shut out in its first game, an 11-0 loss to Olympic Colo­nial, SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial came back with a 6-2 win over the Philadel­phia Pub­lic League in a rain-short­ened five-in­ning con­test. But while fac­ing a must-win sit­u­a­tion in the dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment, Boyer’s team was un­able to get much go­ing against Berks County.

Er­rors and poor ex­e­cu­tion was the main prob­lem as SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial fell to Berks County, 12-0, in Game 10 of the ninth an­nual Phillies Car­pen­ter Cup Soft­ball Clas­sic at FDR Park on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“It would have absolutely been bet­ter to win, but it’s great to get to coach girls in soft­ball who want to be here,” Boyer said. “The ex­pe­ri­ence varies from year to year and I en­joy it re­gard­less of win­ning or los­ing be­cause I get to coach kids that I don’t nor­mally get to see on my team dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. It’s great to see the kids that you’re nor­mally com­pet­ing against in a dif­fer­ent light.”

The 12-run loss on Wed­nes­day was not pleas­ant in any way for SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial, but for play­ers like Whit­ney De­lagol, the Wil­liam Ten­nent in­fielder who was in her first year of Car­pen­ter Cup play, the chance to play in the tour­na­ment was still mem­o­rable.

“Just hav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of meet­ing new peo­ple and play­ing with other peo­ple I usu­ally don’t get to play with was fun,” De­lagol said. “I think we ex­pected to go fur­ther than we did, but it was def­i­nitely in­ter­est­ing to meet new play­ers and to be on the team with ev­ery­one. It was just a good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

“When you’re on the other side­lines dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, the in­ten­sity level is dif­fer­ent,” Boyer said. “You’re coach­ing your own kids, but here, it’s kind of nice to get that re­la­tion­ship go­ing when you’re work­ing on the same team as ev­ery­one work­ing to­wards the same goal.”

Af­ter drop­ping the first game in a seven-in­ning af­fair Boyer and her team would like to for­get, SOL/ Bi­cen­ten­nial put up a fourspot in the first in­ning of its sec­ond game, when it faced the Philadel­phia Pub­lic League.

Af­ter Erin Maher led off with a dou­ble, Far­ryl Groder walked and Jess D’Agastino hit an RBI sin­gle to drive in SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial’s first run. Vicky Tu­masz, Jackie

Morell and Rachel Hy­man all fol­lowed with RBI to put their team up 4-2, as SOL/ Bi­cen­ten­nial sent nine bat­ters to the plate in the in­ning.

In the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning, D’Agastino and De­lagol hit RBI sin­gles to put SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial up 6-2. The game was de­layed due to rain in the fifth in­ning, and Philadel­phia Pub­lic even­tu­ally for­feited the game rather than play­ing the fi­nal few in­nings on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

In Wed­nes­day’s game, SOL/ Bi­cen­ten­nial and Berks County were score­less af­ter two in­nings, but two er­rors in the top of the third led to five un­earned runs for Berks County, which would go on to score four more runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth.

“To­day and Mon­day, we just didn’t get clutch hits when we needed them,” Boyer said. “We didn’t string any­thing to­gether, but Berks County did that to­day and we just couldn’t get much go­ing.”

Field­ing mishaps were a prob­lem for SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial, which com­mit­ted four er­rors on Wed­nes­day, lead­ing to seven un­earned runs.

Of­fen­sively, SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial man­aged only three hits – a dou­ble by Hy­man and sin­gles by Tu­masz and Maher.

While the SOL/Bi­cen­ten­nial team fea­tured tons of tal­ent from teams within the league, there were a num­ber of play­ers from both the Sub­ur­ban One and Bi­cen­ten­nial Leagues who were ab­sent for the tour­na­ment, de­spite be­ing All-League play­ers.

“There are some coaches who are not nec­es­sar­ily sup­port­ive of the Car­pen­ter Cup,” Boyer said. “They don’t give the in­for­ma­tion to the play­ers and un­less they ask for it. I started spread­ing the word back in Fe­bru­ary, but there is only so much I can do. Some girls travel and some coaches don’t want to see their play­ers get in­jured, so we have the play­ers that we have here.”

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