Nazareth pounds Villa Maria

Nazareth senior Molly Scullion rounds second after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer
Nazareth senior Molly Scullion rounds second after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer
Posted: April 20, 2013

When Molly Scullion saw teammate Brittany Colombo hit a triple that one-hopped the fence in the first inning Thursday, she said to herself that she wanted to do that, too.

Instead, the senior outfielder for Nazareth Academy did one better. She sent a pitch sailing over the center-field fence for a two-run home run a couple of innings later.

Scullion's blast was one of many displays of hard hitting for the Pandas, as they continued to roll through the Catholic Academies league, defeating Villa Maria, 13-3, in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule.

In their six league games this season, the Pandas (7-1 overall, 6-0 Academies), ranked fifth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, have outscored opponents by 66-9.

"This team wants to go a little further in districts and hopefully make it to states," coach Brian Kalesse said. "They know if they let up then that may not happen."

Nazareth jumped right to it on Thursday, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The Hurricanes (5-3, 5-2) answered with a run in the bottom half, and the game remained tight until Scullion's homer in the third.

The Pandas' bats really came alive in the fifth. They scored eight runs on nine hits, three of which were doubles.

Nazareth earned its fifth straight victory and snapped the Hurricanes' four-game winning streak. The two will face off again in the Catholic Academies regular-season finale.

"You learn to want to do it for your teammates, not for yourself, and I think that's the biggest thing for us," Scullion said. "When I go up to the plate, I want to hit it so that my whole team can move forward. I don't want to do it because my name will show up in the box score."

The overwhelming win over a league rival can be seen as a step forward for the Pandas. In fact, Scullion called the victory a "huge jump."

It just so happens that her name also appears in the box score.

Nazareth Academy 302 08 - 13 12 1

Villa Maria 100 02 - 3 7 6

WP: Taylor Lichtenhahn. LP: Maddy Abbot. 2B: NA-Tamara Jennings, Brianna Perri, Kaitlyn O'Sullivan, Lichtenhahn; VM-Hannah Chambers. 3B: NA- Brittany Colombo; VM-Cailee Gardinier. HR: NA-Molly Scullion.


Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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