Neshaminy wins showdown against Pennsbury

Diana LaPalombara homered for Neshaminy.
Diana LaPalombara homered for Neshaminy.
Posted: April 22, 2013

Entering Saturday's battle of softball archrivals Neshaminy and Pennsbury, the Redskins were well aware of the historic precedent.

Two times in the last three years, the Falcons bested Neshaminy in the first Suburban One National matchup and the Redskins came back to claim the second round. And two years ago, Pennsbury beat Neshaminy three times during the season.

At home on a chilly morning, the Redskins bucked recent history by defeating Pennsbury, 6-4, sparked by their stellar senior class.

"We know that this game, no matter what, is going to be one of the mentally toughest games we are going to have," Neshaminy senior Diana LaPalombara said.

The Redskins (8-1 overall, 7-0 division), ranked fourth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, displayed their mental toughness early and often, using the long ball, small ball, and good baserunning to consistently pressure the Falcons.

Pennsbury, ranked first, started the game with two home runs, and LaPalombara answered with a shot of her own in the bottom half of the inning.

The Falcons (9-2, 6-1) hit four home runs, all solo shots.

"We said it was going to be like a heavyweight battle," Pennsbury coach Frank McSherry said. "Just trading punches."

"Our punches though, had nobody on base."

The Redskins peppered Pennsbury with hard-hit balls throughout their lineup, with six players registering hits, including Julia McGovern and Lauren Quense, both 2 for 3 at the plate.

McGovern knocked in the winning run with a fifth-inning single that scored LaPalombara. McGovern later scored on a single by Quense.

"The fact that we came back and scored more just shows what we are," Quense said.

Quense also struck out seven, walking only one.

The Redskins, who have won five straight, will face Pennsbury again May 13.

"This year, I think, is going to be the year where we show everybody that we can do it," LaPalombara said.

Pennsbury 200 110 0 - 4 5 1

Neshaminy 103 020 x - 6 9 0

WP: Lauren Quense. LP: Val Buehler. 2B: N-Julia McGovern. HR: P-Christina Bascara 2, Mackenzie Obert, Michelle George; N-Diana LaPalombara.

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