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Fretz Reaches 100-Hit Plateau
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-05-10

            Karlee Fretz's 100th career hit with Upper Perkiomen's softball team last week came under unusual circumstances. She lined a 3-0 pitch to the fence in center field for

Karley Fretz doubled in a 10-0 victory Upper 

Merion last Wednesday to reach 100 hits in 

her high school career.

a double in a 10-0 victory over Upper Merion on Thursday, May 3.

            Fretz, who prefers to take the pitch, received permission from head coach Dean Sullivan to swing.

"The pitch looked right down the middle to me," she said. "So I decided to for it."

            The senior became the second Indian in four days to reach the hitting milestone. Taylor Lindsay got to triple-digits in hits in a five-inning victory over Phoenixville.

            Fretz, who came into the week with 96 career hits, said she felt relieved to reach the milestone.  "Karlee was excited," Sullivan said. "So was the entire team for the accomplishment."

            According to the coach, Fretz has emerged as a valuable leader. He said her play at shortstop has stabilized the team's infield defense, and that her offensive acumen as the No. 4 hitter prevents the opposition from pitching around Morgan and Taylor Lindsay. "She's one of the players I lean on the most," Sullivan said.

            Fretz also had a significant impact on the mound in the victory over the visiting Vikings. She earned the victory by allowing just two hits in four innings.  Her sister, Sierra Fretz, paced the Indians offense with three hits and scored two runs. Her two-run homer highlighted a nine-run rally in the third inning.

            On Saturday, May 5, they fell 6-2 to Brandywine Heights in a non-league game. Jenna Sullivan finished with three hits, including a double, and scored twice. Karlee Fretz delivered two hits and drove in a run.

One day earlier, Morgan Lindsay smacked a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead the Indians to a 14-1 victory over visiting Pottsgrove. Karlee Fretz and Taylor Lindsay each finished with two hits and two RBI. Alyssa Sullivan and Jaden Tarantino each scored three runs for the team in its conference victory. On the mound, Karlee Fretz and Taylor Croak combined to register eight strikeouts and allow one hit in five innings.

On Monday, Karlee Fretz homered and helped pitch her team to a 5-1 victory over Pope John Paul II. She finished with two hits at the plate, and allowed just one run on three hits over four innings to post the mound victory.

Jenna Sullivan posted three singles to pace an 11-hit attack. Alyssa Sullivan contributed two hits, including a double. Taylor Lindsay tossed three shutout innings to secure a save for Upper Perkiomen.

According to Dean Sullivan, his players are determined to improve their offense following a 3-2, eight-inning loss to Owen J. Roberts on May 1. He said most of the team showed up for voluntary hitting practice an hour before the Upper Merion victory.

            The team took the Wildcats lightly, according to Karlee Fretz. "The next time we play that team, we will come at them with full force," she said. "I think we have to stay mentally tough. It's something we need to work on. We've had too many easy wins."


 

 

 

 

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