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Perkiomen Softball Shuts-Out Solebury
Written by Rachel Blackburn, Correspondent

Perkiomen's Mindi Gallagher, playing at shortstop, catches a throw at second just as the Solebury runner arrives safely at the stolen base in Monday's home game.

        The Perkiomen School softball team took down Solebury softball April 14 in a 15-0 game that was ended in the bottom of the third inning by the mercy rule.

        Perk scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the opening inning, with Isabella San Miguel getting to first off a walk, then proceeding to steal second, third and home for the first point.

        Perk continued to score in the first inning, tallying eight runs. Scoring in that inning were Mindi Gallagher, Dorita Deveney, Michelle Suh, Pauline Reck, Sarah Chiesa and Meghan MacIntyre.       

The second inning started with two strike-outs thrown by MacIntyre, as well as one walk, and one hit that was caught. Perk stepped up to bat with a walk for Amelia Dormer, followed by a run for Reck before the team got three outs, bringing the score to 9-0.

        "I try to think of the current pitch," said MacIntyre, explaining how she doesn't get psyched out during the games. "I think the game today was good because [we] seemed to be more in sync than before. If we can keep that up we'll have a really good season."

        The third inning ended it for Solebury, which struck out again. Perk took to batting with a single and a steal from San Miguel and a double from Gallagher, who both made two runs, bringing the score to an even 10. Five more runs were made by Gabby Molnar, Dormer, Jenni Hua, Hilary Masrin and MacIntyre. After the team made its 15 runs, the mercy rule was enacted and the game ended at the bottom of the third inning.

        Perk softball is having a good season so far this year, with a 3-2 record after this game. The size of the team has drastically increased as well, with a varsity team comprising 16 players, and a decently sized JV team. The girls are coached by Melissa Gaiser and Trevor Smith.

        "We have dynamic pitching," said Gaiser. "Our field is improving practice to practice."

        Having mass amounts of rain this month has actually worked well for the girls, forcing them to work on things they might not have if it wasn't for dreary weather. The team has done "a lot of indoor and situational practice," said Gaiser. "It's really worked well."            






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