Suburban One/bicen falls to Berks
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.”