Bonner Perfect As Bristol Blasts Akiba

Posted: April 10, 1989

Bristol senior Stacie Bonner pitched a perfect game Friday as the Warriors defeated Akiba, 18-0, in a Bicentennial League game. Bristol stands at 2-1 overall and 1-0 in league play.

A year ago, Bonner led Bristol to a 21-1 overall record and was named Player of the Year in the Bicentennial League. Her one loss last season was to the eventual state champions, Northern Lehigh, 1-0 in 12 innings at the quarterfinals of the state championship tournament.

"Akiba's softball program is very new and we're fairly established," said Bristol coach Mike Lalli. "Unfortunately, they got introduced to our league this way and they're going to have a rough time for a while because all of the teams are pretty competitive. It takes a few years to develop a program. They reminded me of what Villa Joseph Marie looked like five or six years ago. Now Villa Joseph is a contender; they've come a long way."

For Bonner, it was the third perfect game of her Bristol career and her sixth no-hitter. She struck out 13 of the 15 batters she faced in the game's five innings. In addition to her pitching, Bonner contributed a 3-for-3 day at the plate for the Warriors.

A six-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday triggered a 12-11 Central Bucks East win over William Tennent in Suburban One National play. The Patriots went to 1-1 on the year and 1-0 in league play with the win, while Tennent fell to 0-3 and 0-1.

"We just had a really big inning," said Patriots coach Harry Baum. "It was like the old saying, it's never over until it's over."

C.B. East led by 6-2 going into the final inning, when Tennent managed a nine-run comeback. Winning pitcher Julie Wills, a sophomore, was finally able to get the last two outs. It was then the Patriots' turn to put on a hitting show.

Senior Debbie Gadsby, who started the game on the mound for the Patriots, had a double to bring in the first run of the Patriots' seventh. Senior Debbie Zerbe was 4-for-4 on the day for Central Bucks East with two triples, a double and an RBI in the seventh. The Patriots' winning run was brought across by sophomore Marisa Barone, who singled in catcher Colleen McDyer.

Michele Kelly took the loss for Tennent. Chris Glatt was 2-for-5 with three RBIs for Tennent, while Tammy Bedford and Sharon Messina were each 2-for-3.

Junior lefthanded pitcher Sue Turner guided Pennsbury to a 10-1 win Tuesday over Norristown. Pennsbury stands at 2-0-1 on the year.

Seniors Joanne Looney and Nancy Murphy keyed Pennsbury's offense. Looney, a catcher, was 3-for-4 at the plate, while first baseman Murphy had two hits and an RBI.

It was Neshaminy's turn to top Norristown Friday, with a 16-5 victory in Suburban One National play. The Indians are 2-1 on the year and 2-0 in conference play.

Winning pitcher Gail Gallagher, a sophomore, also contributed a 2-for-3 day at bat with a double and three RBIs. The Indians collected 13 total hits with junior third baseman Kelly Martell going 2-for-2 and senior shortstop Lori Manzo hitting 3-for-5.

Neshaminy trailed, 2-1, before posting a seven-run fifth inning. The Indians assured the win with an eight-run seventh inning.

Harry S. Truman opened its season Friday with a 3-2 victory over Suburban One National rival Pennridge. Senior Colleen Doebler gave up seven hits in seven innings of work for the Tigers, earning the win. Doebler was also 2-for- 3 at the plate.

The first three batters of the game scored for Truman as Amy Fineman, B. J. Harris and Andrea Redwitz each had an RBI.

"We played errorless ball," said Tigers coach Jack Baradziej. We hit the ball well and had the bases loaded. We had runners on third three times, but couldn't get that timely hit other than in the first inning."

Archbishop Wood got a 6-2 win at home Friday over Cardinal O'Hara. Winning pitcher Jen Jenderko started the game for Wood, 2-1, and allowed no hits or runs in her four innings of work.

Three freshmen keyed Wood's offense. Shortstop Julie O'Connell was 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Marietta Atkinson and Chris Redfern each doubled for Wood.

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