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Lady Indians Advance to Title Game
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Seeing two runners in scoring position during the seventh inning Tuesday night, Taylor Lindsay experienced a brief bout of anxiety.  "Just seeing them on base, and thinking they might score, made me nervous," she said.

            Following a meeting on the mound, which included some calming words

from her coach and Upper Perkiomen teammates, Lindsay recorded the final out to secure the team's 3-2 victory over Owen J. Roberts in the opening round of the Pioneer Athletic Conference softball playoffs at Spring-Ford.

            "The girls were not frazzled," head coach Dean Sullivan said.

            Lindsay allowed just one earned run on four hits while posting just three strikeouts to earn the mound victory. 

            Morgan Linsday, Taylor Lindsay and Alyssa Sullivan each delivered run scoring hits for the Indians (19-2), who posted their 11th consecutive victory and advanced to the conference title game. Sarah Heidler finished with two hits and scored a run.

            The team returns to Ram Park at 7 p.m. Thursday to take on Perkiomen Valley in the title game. Upper Perkiomen softball hasn't captured the conference title since 1988, when it completed a two-year championship run. According to Sullivan, that history isn't lost on the players. "We see the banners in the gymnasium," she said.

            Taylor Lindsay breezed through the initial six innings with a 3-1 lead. She allowed just an unearned run, in the third inning, and two hits.

            "Taylor threw the ball well," the head coach said. "She got strikeouts when she needed them."

            In the seventh inning, the Wildcats (14-7) attempted to rally. Darby Stuart reached on an infield error leading off the inning, but was thrown out attempting to steal second.

            Maddison Twadell followed with a single to left, advanced on a walk and scored on Bridget Guinan's two-out hit to left.

            Dean Sullivan then huddled on the mound with Upper Perkiomen's infielders. Alyssa Sullivan said they encouraged Taylor Lindsay to finish the job.  "We have faith in Taylor," said Alyssa Sullivan, the team's first baseman. 

            Dean Sullivan told his pitcher to have fun and focus.

            "We only needed one more out," the coach said. "Lindsay has been here before."

            Taylor Lindsay retired Nikki MacMullin, Owen J. Roberts' No. 9 hitter to end the game on an infield pop up to second baseman Gail Kooser. 

            Heidler, the team's shortstop, trusted that the pitcher would finish the game. She said she felt no anxiety in the top if the seventh.  "I was pretty confident we would pull through," Heidler said.

            According to the coach, the Indians performed well under the scrutiny of the post-season. He said the players entered the game loose and relaxed.

            The pressure of the high school post season is relatively new to many the players, according to Taylor Lindsay. She said most of them are more familiar with travel softball, which focuses on the showcasing of one's individual skills.

            Upper Perkiomen took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Wildcats pitcher Brittany Dellaquilla. Heidler reached on a one-out, infield hit and eventually scored on Karlee Fretz's sacrifice fly. Alyssa Sullivan contributed an RBI double that plated Morgan Lindsay. However, Taylor Lindsay was thrown out at the play attempting to score from first.

            The Indians extended their lead to 3-1 in the third inning. Emily Moll led off the inning with an infield hit, took third on a single by Heidler and scored on a double by Taylor Lindsay.





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