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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017

            Abby Wild denied Upper Perkiomen the opportunity to win its first Pioneer Athletic Conference softball title in 29 years. Her dominance prevented the Indians from capturing their first title since 1988.

            Wild registered 14 strikeouts and allowed just two hits to lead Perkiomen Valley to a 2-0 victory on Thursday, May 18 at

Spring-Ford High School.

            Upper Perkiomen head coach Dean Sullivan called Wild the best pitcher in the conference.  "She is top notch," Sullivan said of Wild, who fanned every hitter in the opposing lineup at least once. "And Perkiomen Valley is a really good team."

            The pitcher recorded two thirds of her outs on strikeouts, which included 11 on a swinging third strike. Wild, who retired the final 11 hitters she faces, relied on a high fastball and a changeup.

            With two strikes, Wild relied heavily on a fastball above the hitters' hands, according to Karlee Fretz.

            "Early on, all the hitters coming back to the dugout said 'Try not to chase the rise ball," she said.  But the pitch is hard to lay off, according to Sullivan.

            Upper Perkiomen pitcher Taylor Lindsay absorbed the ...



Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017

            Tim Mayza's current manager describes him as a rare commodity. His pitching coach called the left-hander a near-finished product.

            Vince Horsman, the pitching coach with the Double A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, says he can envision Mayza pitching in

Toronto in September.  "Tim has Major League stuff," Horsman said. "The dude can pitch."

            According to the pitching coach, Mayza will determine when and how far he progresses through the Blue Jays' minor league system.

            Horsman said Mayza compares favorably to Jake McGee, a late inning reliever the Colorado Rockies in his eighth major league season, must learn how to better sequence his pitches and move beyond past difficult performances. Developing more consistency with his slider would help Mayza significantly, according to New Hampshire manager Gary Allenson.

            "When Tim gets on top of his slider, he's pretty good," Allenson said. "There are not many left handers who throw as hard as him."

            On Sunday afternoon at Reading's First Energy Stadium, Mayza earned his third save of the season in an 8-7 victory over ...



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