Penns­bury se­niors’ short­ened run does not dampen ac­com­plish­ments

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Rick Fortenbaugh

For Buck­sLo­calS­ports

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.

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