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Offense Improving for Indians Softball
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

Shortstop Kourtne Buck backs up second baseman Chloe Clemente as she attempts to tag out a Wildcat player caught leaving the base early.

        Taylor Lindsay surprised the opposition when she hit a ball over the fence against Boyertown earlier this month.  Lindsay, a freshman on the Upper Perkiomen softball team, says she surprised herself by hitting that home run.  "I wasn't expecting it," she said.

        In recent games, the Indians offense has started to emerge. On Tuesday, they registered 13 hits against Owen J. Roberts. However, an infield error in the fifth inning helped lead to an 11-7 defeat in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

        "This was one of our better games this season," head coach Walt Schmidt said. "Owen J. Roberts has a very good team, and we hung with them for a while."

        Hitting fourth for Upper Perkiomen, Lindsay swung the bat with authority. She delivered four hits and drove in three runs.

        Karlee Fretz, the team's No. 3 hitter, smacked two run-scoring doubles and scored two runs against the Wildcats.

        "We're starting to get some confidence with the bats," Schmidt said. "The girls have worked very hard on their hitting."

        Over the last three games, the Indians have scored 33 runs. Overall, Lindsay has posted a .406 batting average, according to Schmidt. The coach said Fretz, their catcher, is hitting .500.

        Alyssa Sullivan, their number five hitter, has a .389 average according to the coach.

        On Tuesday, that offense helped stake Upper Perkiomen to a 5-4 lead. However, the visiting Wildcats posted five unearned runs in the fifth, sending 10 hitters to the plate. 

        Alissa Vining delivered a two-run single off Indians starting pitcher Emily Moll. Brianna Smith capped the rally with a two-run double off Taylor, who came on in relief.

        On Monday, Lindsay and Fretz led Upper Perkiomen to a 12-2 five-inning road victory over Pope John Paul II in the PAC-10.

        Lindsay earned the mound win, allowing one hit and one earned run while striking out eight in the team's second straight league victory.

        Fretz paced a 14-hit offensive attack with four hits, including a double and a triple. Sarah Heidler, Sullivan, Moll and Carly Barnhart each scored two runs.

        On Thursday, April 23, the Indians offense erupted in a 14-3 victory over Pottstown.

        Fretz and Sullivan each finished 4 for 4 in the win. Fretz delivered two doubles and two triples, while Sullivan added two doubles. Moll registered with two hits, including a home run.

        Despite her early success, Lindsay says she's still a relative unknown around the PAC-10.  "At this point, I would expect to start seeing less good pitches to hit," she said. "But teams are not pitching around me."

        Lindsay, who has developed her swing playing travel softball, currently plays on the Sting Swarm fast pitch team based in the Limerick/Spring-Ford area with Sullivan.

        "Most of the girls I play with on the traveling team are on their junior varsity teams," Lyndsay said. "None of the girls on varsity know who I am."

        Every weekend, the team plays at least three games, according to Lindsay.






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