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U. P. Softball Coach Holding Out Hope PAC Playoffs Will be Played
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            The Pioneer Athletic Conference Softball Final Four was cancelled Saturday due to heavy rain before a game could have been completed. The players were upset with the decision, according Alyssa Sullivan.

            "I think we would have won," said Sullivan, senior.

            However, Dean Sullivan is holding out hope the playoffs can be completed soon. Immediately after learning of the cancellation, the Upper Perkiomen coach sent an email to his counterparts at Methacton, Owen J. Roberts and Spring-Ford asking them to consider playing the games between the district and state tournaments. The coach said he has not yet received a response.

            "I feel bad for my players," he said. "Especially for the seniors. For four years, they have worked so hard to play for a conference title. It's a missed opportunity."

            Weather has wreaked havoc on the Indians and every other spring sports team. The coach cited snow early in the season and the recent heavy rain.  "We can't catch a break," Dean Sullivan said.

            Originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, the Indians' semifinal contest against Owen J. Roberts at Spring-Ford never started. Thunderstorms forced the suspension of an opening-round game between the host Rams and Methacton in the top of the seventh inning of a scoreless tie. Conference officials had hoped to resume the schedule on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as Saturday.

            However, a four-sentence email from Upper Perkiomen provided a sense of finality.

              "Unfortunately, we are going to need to cancel the PAC Softball Final Four today," it read in part. "Spring-Ford's field is under water and the weather forecast is for rain the rest of the day.  I'd like to thank Spring-Ford for all their hard work trying to get their field ready all week."  The rain stopped Friday, however Upper Perkiomen was not available due to the school's Senior Prom.

            According to Dean Sullivan, the Indians are looking forward to begin defense of their District One Class AA title on Wednesday, May 23. The No. 2 seeds will host Nazareth Academy. In preparation, the team held an intense three-hour practice in a turf field on May 17, according to Alyssa Sullivan.

            "We're very focused," said the third baseman, who is four hits shy of 100 career hits.

The Indians also scrimmaged Spring-Ford on Monday. Though either team was prohibited from keeping score, Dean Sullivan pitched Taylor Lindsay and Karlee Fretz, his top two hurlers.

            "We are playing to win," the coach said over the weekend.

In their regular season finale on Thursday, May 10, the team rallied from an early two-run deficit to post a 12-2, six-inning victory over Oley Valley. Taylor Lindsay and Morgan Lindsay and Alyssa Sullivan each homered. Taylor Lindsay finished with three hits and four RBI. Morgan Lindsay scored three runs and scored twice.

Fretz and Taylor Lindsay each pitched three innings for Upper Perkiomen. They combined to strike out nine.

The Indians, who repeated as Frontier Division champions, capped their conference schedule with a 15-1 victory over Pottstown one day earlier. Taylor Lindsay and Morgan Lindsay each homered. Taylor Lindsay finished with four hits and five RBI to pace an 18-hit barrage. Morgan Lindsay finished with three hits, scored three runs and drove in two. Autumn Gahman went 3-for-4.

On the mound, Taylor Lindsay, Karlee Fretz and Taylor Croak combined to allow five hits and register 11 strikeouts.





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