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Perk Softball Displays Resilience in Victory over Mercy Vocational
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

Perkiomen first baseman Amelia Dormer stretches for the throw to the bag in last Thursday's game against Renaissance Academy.

        The Perkiomen School softball team was resiliant in a lopsided game Friday against Mercy Vocational, said head coach Melissa Gaiser.

        "The girls showed me they can persevere," the coach said following a 15-0, three-inning victory over visiting Mercy Vocational Academy in the Tri-County Independent School League.

        One day earlier, the Panthers absorbed a 12-1 five-inning loss to visiting Renaissance Academy. They committed multiple physical and mental mistakes, according to Gaiser. Julianne Hausemann called it the worst performance in her two years with the team.

        "I was not happy with the way we performed," Gaiser said. "I'm not exactly sure what happened. It must have been a lack of preparation. The players knew it, and I told them to show up (Friday) and show what they could do."

        They took the coach's words to heart, scoring 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning against Mercy starting pitcher Diamond Vaughn.

        Lena Felix delivered two hits in the first inning, including a two-run double. Hausemann smacked an RBI triple, while Lauren Cola and Carri Yeager added run-scoring hits.

        Felix and Yeager each finished with three hits for Perkiomen School (4-1 league, 4-4 overall). Sarah Chiesa scored three runs.

        The team started its week with a 3-1 road victory over Renaissance Academy on Monday, April 11.

Hausemann, a sophomore from Macungie, dominated on the mound. She allowed just four hits, registered 15 strikeouts and recorded four infield assists.

        Her RBI double in the fourth opened the scoring for the Panthers. In the sixth, Gabby Molnar delivered an RBI groundout and Abby Glavin followed with a run-scoring hit. Lena Felix finished with two hits.

        In Thursday's rematch, the Knights took early command by scoring five runs in the first inning and four in the second inning.

        Lauren Cola and Felix accounted for Perkiomen School's two hits. Cola drove in the team's lone run in the fifth inning.

        According to Hausemann, the team was not expecting such an aggressive approach from Renaissance Academy in the rematch.

        "They were all over us," the pitcher said. "They were angry about the day before."

        Hausemann expressed concern that the Panthers were starting to doubt themselves during the lopsided loss.

        "The girls weren't picking up their heads after they made a mistake," she said.

        However, Hausemann said the Panthers' decisive victory Friday allayed her concerns.

        "This team is starting to hit," Gaiser said. "The defense has been a strength. The girls and getting more confident, and I definitely think they are starting to trust each other."

        The coach expressed full faith in Hausemann, who struck out 27 hitters in three games during the week. In 2 2/3 innings Friday, she fanned four.

        "Julianne has gotten much better at hitting her spots," Gaiser said of Hausemann, who recently took private pitching lessons. "She has improved 125 percent."

        As a freshman, Hausemann dealt with momentary lapses in control. She said there were times when she struggled to get the ball to the plate.

        She credited catcher Felix, Perkiomen School's catcher for her success in 2016.

        "Lena knows how to keep me calm," Hausemann said.






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