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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
May 22, 2019

            Jenna Sullivan's fourth hit Monday triggered a reaction of elation. Her usually stoic Upper Perkiomen teammates streamed out of the first base dugout and surrounded

Jenne Sullivan, left, and Dani Freer celebrate

Sullivan's game-winning hit Monday afternoon.

her in celebration. Pitcher Lily Dibble felt relieved. The one-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Indians to a 10-9 victory over Phoenixville in the opening round of the District One Class 5A softball playoffs.

            Upper Perkiomen's third victory over a Pioneer Athletic Conference opponent and the hard fought nature of the competition elicited the unusual response, according head coach Dean Sullivan.

            "Beating one team three times in the same season is never easy," he said.

            Alexa Banner finished with two hits and scored two-runs for the No. 4 seeded Indians (15-6), who overcame a four-run deficit in the fifth inning, but need an extra inning to advance to Wednesday's second round home game against Upper Dublin. Dani Freer delivered two hits and scored twice.

            Jenna Sullivan's walkoff single off Phantoms pitcher Kendall Brown – down the third base line – plated Banner, who singled and stole second, to snap a 9-9 tie.

            Sullivan said she knew that Brown, a former travel teammate would  attempt to get her out by pitching inside. The Upper Perkiomen ninth grader successfully attacked multiple ...

Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
May 22, 2019

            The Upper Perk Chiefs returned last week, following a 13-year absence, with consecutive losses. Manager Elias Gabel-Tripp said he was hoping for better results, but expressed optimism that performance will improve.

Bryan Pijanowski steals third base for the Upper Perk 

Chiefs during the game against Pottstown.

            "It's early, and this is a young team," he said.

            The Chiefs, wearing uniforms similar to their previous iteration, debuted in the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League with an 8-3 loss to Pottstown on Thursday, May 16. The next night, they fell 13-2 to Ambler at Bonekemper Field.

            After the fog rolled in Friday night, the visiting Brewers scored once in fourth inning and six runs in the sixth inning to extend a 5-2 lead.

            As the haze overtook the field, and the visibility was reduced to dangerous levels, Gabel-Tripp said he expected the home plate umpire to postpone or call the game.

            Gabel-Tripp and Logan Curley each ...



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