SOL Softball Wrap (5-16-17)

Check out the results for SOL softball teams in action on Tuesday.

National Conference

The Redskins closed out a perfect conference season with a win over the Golden Hawks, using a three-run sixth to erase a one-run deficit.
“You go there on Senior Day against a team that always plays you really well, and they were really fired up because they’re playing for playoff position,” coach Dave Chichilitti said. “They took a lead, and we responded. They took it back, and we responded again. I think that’s huge. It was like a playoff game.
“If Bensalem wins today, they will clinch a playoff spot, and we will have five of seven (National Conference) teams in a field of 20. To go undefeated in a league that’s going to send five teams into the playoffs is huge.”
The Golden Hawks got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the fourth when Steph Andreoli, who doubled to lead off the inning, scored. The Redskins answered with two runs in the top of the fifth, thanks to a two-run double by Hallie Duffy.
A single by Mackenzie Marino as well as a costly Redskins error set the stage for Andreoli’s second double, which drove in a pair of runs and put the Hawks on top 3-2.
But not for long.
Five straight hits by their five through nine batters allowed the Redskins to take a lead they would not lose in the top of the sixth. Rebecca Dixon singled to lead off the inning, and Lianna Jones and Devan Masciulli followed with back-to-back RBI doubles. Alexis Watkins (RBI) and Victoria Smith followed with consecutive singles, and the Redskins led 5-3.
Amber Brugger earned the complete game win, allowing four hits and three runs (only one earned) while striking out nine and walking one.
“She pitched a great game,” Chichilitti said. “Nine strikeouts against a pretty good team is a great line any day, and it was good to see we only had one walk. It was just another great performance. It’s what she’s done all year.”
Neshaminy (16-2, 12-0 SOL) will travel to Northeast for a non-league game on Wednesday. Council Rock South (6-6) closed out it regular season with a 13-7 record.
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Council Rock South     000 120 0   3

The Owls found themselves seeded 20th in what will be a 20-team field in this week’s District One 6A power rankings. They solidified their chances of playing in the postseason with a win in Tuesday’s conference finale.
“I’m proud of my girls,” coach Dan Schram said. “We are playing our best ball at the end, and that’s all I can ask for.”
The Ghosts led 1-0 after one inning, but the Owls got that run back in the second when Dani Sharpe delivered an RBI double that plated Allison Goodman. Abington scored a single run in the third and took that 2-1 lead into the fifth inning when the Owls knotted the score. Haley Keenan delivered an RBI single that sent Tori Yorgey home with the tying run.
The Owls scored three runs in the sixth to go on top 5-2 with Katie Formichelli’s two run single plating Yorgey and Haley Sauer. Tori Yorgey’s RBI single in the seventh brought Deja Seilhammer home for the game’s final run.
Sauer earned the win in the circle.
Bensalem (9-10, 3-9 SOL) will host Friends Select in its regular season finale on Wednesday. Abington (2-10 SOL) closed out its season with a 6-14 record.
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Abington         101 000 0   2

Continental Conference

PENNRIDGE 5, NORTH PENN 4 (8 innings)
With the regular season in its final week, the Rams found themselves one spot away from earning a spot in the 20-team District One 6A field. They helped their cause with a dramatic win in extra innings over the Knights, and while the win increased the Rams’ chances of playing in the postseason, it forced the Knights to settle for a share of the conference crown with Central Bucks South.
Since a 1-0 loss to Central Bucks East on May 4, the Rams have won six straight.
“It was a huge win,” coach Carol Atkinson said. “It was very exciting. The second half of the season we kind of pulled it together.
“Kailyn Bell pitched a great game again. She’s been hot for us the last week and has been pitching almost all of our games. We’ve been taking it one game at a time and hoping for that playoff spot.”
In the bottom of the eighth, Mary Kate Levush, who had doubled, was on third base with two outs, and it looked as though the Knights would see their way out of the inning when Grace McGinley hit a grounder to the infield.
“The first baseman pulled her foot off the bag on the throw,” Atkinson said. “It was one of those weird situations, and that scored the run.”
The Rams took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Kiley Watson, who had singled, scored on a sacrifice fly. The Knights answered with three runs in the bottom of the third. They added a run in the fourth to go on top 4-1, but the Rams knotted the score with three runs in the fifth. Skylar Hengeveld’s two-run double was the big blow. Grace McGinty and Watson singled in the inning.
Watson led the Rams with a 3-for-4 effort that included an RBI and two runs scored. Bell also had an RBI.
For the Knights, Bri Battavio hit a home run and drove in three runs.
Bell earned the complete game win, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out five and walking a pair. Battavio was charged with the loss, allowing nine hits and five runs (three earned) while fanning four and walking two.
Pennridge (11-8, 6-6 SOL) will travel to Quakertown for a non-league battle with their neighboring rival on Wednesday. North Penn (10-2 SOL) closed out its regular season with a 16-4 record.
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North Penn     03 100 00 4-7-3

Senior Lauren Nones – who had a game-high three RBIs - celebrated Senior Night by smashing a two-run home run in the second inning, and although the Patriots battled back to knot the score in the top of the fifth, the Titans would not be denied, earning a win that – thanks to Pennridge’s upset of North Penn - gave them a share of the conference crown.
The conference title is the program’s first since 2012 when the Titans shared the conference crown with Hatboro-Horsham.
“I have to be honest – after the way our season started with two really tough losses to start the year, for this group to pull together and put together the winning streak that they did to put ourselves in a position to win the league, it’s unbelievable,” coach Kevin Rosini said. “I’m so proud of this group, I’m so proud of the seniors.
“Everybody on this team deserves it. They work so hard. I’m extremely happy. I told the girls – this is the first of what I hope will be many (wins) over the next three to four weeks. We’ll see what happens.”
Nones also had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the Titans’ four-run fifth after the Patriots scored two in the top of the inning to knot the score 2-2.
“She had a really big night tonight,” Rosini said of Nones.
Taylor Marinelli had an RBI double, and Alexis McConomy contributed an RBI single in the fourth.
Nones finished the day 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored. Marinelli was 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, one hit-by-pitch, two RBIs and a run scored. Alexis McConomy was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Alex Deleon and Katie Hines both doubled and scored a run.
McConomey also earned the complete game win. She took a no-hitter into the fifth inning when the Patriots rallied to knot the score.
For the Patriots, Sam Beagleman was 2-for-3, and Madi Michvech was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Hailey Aspinwall and Giuiana Ruscio each had an RBI. 
Central Bucks South (14-5, 10-2 SOL) will travel to Boyertown on Wednesday for a non-league contest. Central Bucks East closed out its season 11-8 overall, 8-4 in the SOL.
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Central Bucks South   020 040 x   6-8-0

The Panthers and Indians found themselves locked in another close one, and for the second time in as many meetings, the Panthers – who won the initial meeting 1-0 – eked out a win to celebrate their Senior Day.
Senior Marissa Govan went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a triple to open the game. Senior Reilly Dougherty earned the complete game win in the circle, and senior Emily Curtis turned in a solid performance at first base.
“We will miss our seniors and wish them luck in the future,” Tennent coach Deanna Myers said.
The two teams exchanged first-inning runs, and the Panthers added a run in the second. The Indians knotted the score with a run in the top of the fifth only to see the Panthers score one of their own – the game winner – in the bottom of the inning.
Alex Scheeler absorbed the loss, allowing one hit in two innings. Jen Klepfer threw the first four innings, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking four.
Also for the Indians, Ali Gould was 1-for-3, and Scheeler was 1-for-2. Jess Lepore reached base on an error, stole a base and scored a run.
William Tennent closed out its season with a 7-11 record (5-7 SOL). Souderton (2-16, 0-12) will close out its season at Dock Mennonite Academy on Thursday for a non-league game.

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William Tennent         110 010 x   3-5-4

American Conference

Lauren Beal stroked her 12th home run of the season in yet another productive day at the plate. The senior slugger was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.
“Lauren Beal has been great,” coach Rich Scott said. “She has been one great team leader this year.
“She’s taken the team and put it on her back. She really stepped up. Anytime there’s any issues or problems, she’s first to correct it. She’s been huge for us. It’s been awesome to have her stepping up.”
The win helped lead the Panthers to a win that clinched sole possession of the conference crown, giving the program back-to-back titles after winning a share of the Continental Conference last year.
Take away the Panthers split with Hatboro-Horsham in conference play, and they weren’t challenged all that much en route to the crown.
“I tell the players – ‘Don’t take any team lightly,’” Scott said. “They were very excited. and they were ready to go.”
The Panthers scored one run in the second and added four in the third, and they were off and running.
“We didn’t score in the first inning,” Scott said. “We seem to start out slow, and then by the third inning we catch on fire and start hitting the ball well.
“That’s pretty much what we did today.”
Tori Caputo tossed a one-hit shutout, fanning four and walking none in the abbreviated six-inning contest.
“She pitched a great game,” Scott said. “She been pitching very well, and our overall defense has improved. That’s been huge too.”
In addition to Beal, Halle Frederick was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored, and Ryan Kemmerling was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Her RBI double in the sixth inning pushed the 10th and final run across the plate. Sarah Stofik was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Quakertown (16-3, 13-1 SOL) will wrap up its regular season with a showdown against visiting Pennridge in a 7 p.m. contest. Plymouth Whitemarsh (7-7 SOL) closed out its regular season 8-8.

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Quakertown    014 023   10-13-0

Jenna Sadowski tossed a nifty no-hitter in Tuesday’s abbreviated Senior Night game. She struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Only an error on a two-out bunt in the fourth inning prevented her from a five-inning perfect game.
“She pitched a really nice game,” coach Scott Ludlow said.
Brianna Hughes carried a big bat for the Golden Bears, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a double, triple and six RBIs. It was Hughes’ two-run triple that gave the Bears a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Her two-run single highlighted a four-run second for the Golden Bears, and she tacked on a two-run double in a four-run third inning.
Sadowski also had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three RBIS.
Upper Moreland closed out its regular season 12-8 overall. The Golden Bears were 9-5 in conference play, good for third place behind Quakertown and Hatboro-Horsham.
“We finished with 12 games in 12 school days, and I’m very thrilled with the outcome,” Ludlow said. “We were 8-4 in the final 12, and we won our last four.

“Hopefully, we’re going into the playoffs with a little bit of positive momentum. Now we’ve got to try and keep it until next Wednesday.”
Upper Dublin closed out its season with a 10-10 record, 8-6 in SOL play.
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Upper Moreland         244 00   10

On a day that saw the Hatters collect 15 hits, Brynn Griffith accounted for five of those with a dazzling 5-for-5 effort that included a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored.
Brittany Hubler also had herself a day, finishing just a single shy of the cycle. Hubler was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, home run, four RBIs and a run scored as the Hatters’ four and five hitters were a combined 8-for-10 with a double, triple, two home runs, eight RBIs and four runs scored.
Hubler and Griffith are just two of the reasons why the Hatters have outscored their opponents 119-18 since a 6-2 loss to Upper Moreland in a twinbill split on May 2. They have won nine straight to close out the regular season.
The Hatters scored two runs in the top of the first only to watch the Lady Panthers knot the score in the bottom of the frame, thanks to a two-run home run by Morgan Gianelle. The Hatters plated a single run in the fourth. They took a 4-2 lead into the sixth when they exploded for five runs and added five more in the seventh.
Kyleigh Dinnien was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Rachel Carney had a hit and scored three runs out of the leadoff spot. Kylie Flagler was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Grace Daniels was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Lisa Lang scored three runs.
Mikaela Fedele earned the win, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out nine and walking one. Logan Cummings did not allow a hit in two scoreless innings to close it out, fanning three and walking two.
Hatboro-Horsham closed out its regular season with a 17-3 record overall (12-2 SOL). Cheltenham is 3-15 overall, 2-12 in SOL play.
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Cheltenham     200 000 0   2-2-6


Angelina Sherba tossed a no-hit masterpiece to lead the Bucks to the non-league win. She struck out 16 in an overpowering effort and walked four.
The Bucks scored the only run Sherba would need in the top of the first. Sam Trafford led off the game with a bunt single, and appropriately, it was Sherba driving in a run that proved to be the game winner with a single. In the second, Maddie Leatherbarrow reached first on a bunt single, and after stealing a base, she scored on Trafford’s RBI single. The Bucks tacked on their final run in the fourth when Julia Perez, who doubled, scored on Leatherbarrow’s bunt single.
Central Bucks West (3-9 SOL) closed out its season with a 7-12 record.
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Villa Joseph Marie      000 000 0   0

Lauren Begg earned a complete game win, striking out seven and walking three in the shutout.
Leading the Indians at the plate were Riley Sheehy (2-for-3, double, two runs) and Julia Shields (2-for-3, double, two RBIs). Taylor Briggs added a hit and two RBIs.
Council Rock North (13-5, 8-4 SOL) will be on the road at Interboro on Thursday for a non-league game.