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Indians Successfully Defend District One Softball Title
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-06-06

Upper Perkiomen's softball team celebrates its' second straight District One

Class 4A title at Immaculata University on May 30

 

            Upper Perkiomen's softball team showed an unusual amount of excitement after successfully defending its District One Class 4A title. The team came together in a circle and applauded each other following a 1-0 victory over Pope John Paul II, a Pioneer Athletic Conference rival on May 30. Head coach Dean Sullivan said his players were excited to defend their title against the Panthers.

            "This year, we were the team to beat," he said. "Everybody came for us."

            Despite winning both previous games in the season series by a combined score of 16-1, including a 5-1 victory on May 7, the Indians leaned heavily on the pitching of Taylor Lindsay in the third matchup at Immaculata University.

             "Taylor was awesome," Karlee Fretz said.

            Though the senior allowed nine hits and permitted base runners in every inning,  Lindsay worked out of trouble and never allowed a Panther past second base.

            "Taylor never got rattled," Sullivan said. "She kept her cool. She knows how to compete."

            Lindsay – who expected a tougher battle from the team's Frontier Division rival than the two previous meetings – surrendered three hits to Gabby Sims, Pope John Paul II's No. 2 hitter, and two hits each to Grace Harvey and Dani Dare. Dealing with the team's third, fourth and fifth hitters – Harvey, Hope Robinson and Alexandra Spzindor – required a little extra effort, according to Karlee Fretz.

            "Based on what the umpire was calling, I needed to work the inside corner," Lindsay said.

            The Panthers' best scoring chances came in the first and third innings, when they put runners on first and second. In the first inning, the pitcher recorded consecutive strikeouts to end the threat. A diving catch by third baseman Sierra Fretz of a pop up in four territory quelled the threat.

            Ashley Remington, Pope John Paul II's pitcher, limited the usually potent Upper Perkiomen offense to a season-low two hits. According to Sullivan, her fastball had an additional four to five miles per hour than in previous outings.

            "She was hitting her spots," the coach said of Remington. "She gave us all we could handle."

            An infield throwing error in the bottom of the first inning led to the game's only run, which scored on Karlee Fretz's bloop single to shallow left field. Her soft contact on a changeup drove home Morgan Lindsay, who worked a one-out walk and advanced to third on an errant throw by Simms, the Panthers second baseman, on Taylor Lindsay's ground ball. With two outs, Kerry McCauslsand – a courtesy runner for the Indians catcher – was tagged out at the plate attempting to score from third on a wild pitch to end the rally.

            They managed just one base runner, a single by Taylor Lindsay leading off the fourth inning, the rest of the game.


 

 

 

 

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