Prendergast To Pit Bats Against Lf

Posted: May 26, 1988

After being postponed three times because of rain, the Catholic League's Southern Division playoffs began in wild fashion Monday afternoon as Archbishop Prendergast traveled to Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O'Hara went to Little Flower.

Pitchers Kelly Doherty of Prendie and Kim McShane of Little Flower, known for their outstanding control, had difficulty locating home plate.

But neither hurler paid the price for her wildness as Prendie defeated the Patriots, 13-8, and Little Flower disposed of the Lions, 6-3.

At 2 p.m. today on Little Flower's field, the Pandas (9-4) and the Sentinels (13-0) will play in the Southern Division final to determine who plays the winner of Friday's Northern Division final between Bishop Conwell and Cardinal Dougherty.

After falling behind 6-0, O'Hara (6-7) staged a valiant comeback in the later innings that fell short when the Lions left the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

The Lions had baserunners in every inning except the fourth, but continually let McShane off the hook.

"She was uncharacteristically wild," O'Hara coach Barbara Loughery said. ''But we just left too many runners on base."

Indeed, McShane, who usually averages 1.8 walks per seven innings, surrendered 6 to the Lions. But the only time they were able to make her regret the wildness was in the sixth, when Theresa Kovach got a bases-loaded walk for O'Hara's second run.

Kovach also played a part in getting the Lions' first run when she scored

from third base on a fielder's choice by Mary Menuchi.

In Prendergast's victory, Doherty cruised into the sixth inning with an 8-3 lead, but walked five of the first six batters she faced. Reliever Teresa McIlvaine managed to escape the bases-loaded, one-out jam with two ground-ball outs.

Doherty, who averages slightly more than one walk per seven innings, issued 12 bases on balls.

"She won games for us earlier in the year by pitching well when we didn't hit the ball, so it was nice we were able to help her out offensively," Pandas' coach Charlie Wieners said.

Prendie took the lead for good when Jackie Vahey smacked a bases-loaded triple in the third inning that broke up a 2-2 game.

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On Monday, in the final game of the Southern Chester County League's regular season, Octorara (9-3) defeated Garnet Valley, 3-1, to share the title with the Jaguars (9-3).

Garnet Valley coach Bud Pruitt said there might have been a playoff game to determine an outright champion if the Octorara-Garnet Valley game had not been rained out last Thursday, when it was originally scheduled.

"I didn't want to be co-anything," Pruitt said. "But there really wasn't any time to play. If we didn't get rained out, we probably would've had a playoff - if the league would have allowed it."

Sue Palo took the loss despite striking out 13 batters. The junior hurler gave up 8 walks and drove in the Jags' lone run of the game in the fifth inning.

Garnet Valley, who placed three players - Palo, catcher Paula Korenkiewicz and shortstop Carole Sperone - on the SCCL all-star team, will host Villa Joseph Maria from the Bristol area in the first round of the playoffs today at 3:30 p.m.

Two Del-Val League teams, Interboro and Chichester, opened their playoffs with mixed results.

Chichester's season ended with an 11-1 loss to Haverford High (14-4). Eagles' pitcher Sue Leonard walked the first three batters she faced to set the tone for Chichester (10-3).

But the Bucs won their first-round game, 6-5, over visiting North Penn when Barbara Hall received a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Interboro had to overcome a 3-0 first-inning deficit and was outhit 6-4 by North Penn.

"We were kind of lucky today, but we struggled through," Interboro coach Ray Spafford said.

At 3:30 p.m. today, the Bucs (13-1) will play host to Phoenixville, a 3-1 winner over Neshaminy on Tuesday.

In the Central League, Springfield lost a coin flip to Upper Darby that determined fifth-place and the final playoff spot.

By virtue of the win, the Royals (10-9) had to travel to Quakertown, where they lost 5-0.

Ridley (13-6) didn't fare any better. Its season ended with a 4-3 loss to host Downingtown.

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