New No. 1 comes through for C.B. East

Posted: April 13, 2014

Caroline Schoenewald brought the wrong jersey to school Friday morning.

The senior shortstop for the Central Bucks East softball team packed her away No. 11 instead of the home white one. So when she stepped onto the East diamond wearing No. 1 against Suburban One Continental rival North Penn, it felt a bit strange.

The number was different, but the same old Schoenewald graced the field for the Patriots, as East won, 8-3.

A Virginia Tech recruit, Schoenewald went 2 for 3 with two singles and two runs batted in, and was hit by a pitch. She also scored what proved to be the game-winning run.

Afterward, Schoenewald joked that she needed her older sister Julia, a standout catcher for East and now a freshman playing at Brown, on game days to remind her which color the team was wearing.

But in the end, the number on her back didn't matter, as Schoenewald did what she does best for the Patriots: act as a catalyst.

She knocked in the first of two runs scored in the bottom half of the opening inning, as the Patriots (2-3 overall, 2-2 conference) jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Maidens (2-3, 2-2).

Early runs previously had been hard to come by for East.

"The first couple weeks have been a little rocky," Patriots second baseman Sydney Badger said. "We are starting to play like a team now, though. It's hard because many of us are new."

When North Penn scored a run in the third, and then went ahead in the fourth, it seemed as if the Maidens were poised to win their third straight game.

A two-run single by Theresa Haug in the fifth changed all that for the Patriots, as East reclaimed the lead, 4-3.

"Once we all settled down and were calm, we played well," Badger said.

The one-run lead was all sophomore pitcher Kayla Ventura needed. She allowed only one hit in the final two innings.

"It may have taken us a while, but we are ready to go. We want to win," Schoenewald said.

North Penn 001 200 0 - 3 7 3

Central Bucks East 200 024 x - 8 9 1

WP: Kayla Ventura. LP: Jackie Bilotti. 3B: NP-Bilotti; CBE-Danielle Marzetti.


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