June 11, 2016 |
Widener assistant baseball coach Matt O'Neill got another look at Ricky Collings on Thursday afternoon in a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal at Immaculata University. Suffice it to say that O'Neill's already-positive vibes about the Marple Newtown two-way standout and Pride recruit continued. Collings, displaying his usual poise and command, twirled a complete-game four-hitter with three strikeouts as the streaking Tigers advanced with a 3-1 victory over Council Rock North. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior righthander, who doubles as a shortstop, mostly mixed a fastball clocked in the mid-80-mph range and a slider.
June 8, 2016 |
Matt Hand pounded the strike zone, Jackson Parker flashed his speed in the outfield and on the base paths, and Council Rock North made Father Judge pay dearly for its sloppy fielding. The result Monday afternoon in a PIAA Class 4A first-round baseball playoff was a 2-1 victory for the Indians at sun-baked Neumann University. Matt Schram's squad advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second straight year even though it posted only two hits. Both of the runs against Judge's Dan Hammer, a hard-throwing righthander and Pittsburgh recruit, were unearned.
May 29, 2016 |
Upper Dublin hit only four balls to the outfield Friday afternoon and none went in the direction of Seth Leuz. "I was just chillin' out there," the C.R. North rightfielder said. "I should have gotten a lawn chair or something. " Offensively, Leuz was very much part of a 14-hit attack that propelled the visiting Indians to a 10-0, six-inning rout of the Cardinals in a PIAA District 1 Class 4A quarterfinal in Fort Washington. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs from the No. 5 hole as C.R. North moved closer to its second straight district title and third in the last seven seasons.
May 26, 2016 |
Kalli Segel knew she was swinging at the first pitch. She watched as her Council Rock North softball teammates did the same thing. It was the game plan coming in, as the scouting report said Methacton's Megan Stauffer threw a lot of first-pitch strikes. So, the senior first baseman had her mind made up when she walked to the plate: She was swinging at the first pitch unless it was unhittable. Luckily for Segel and the Indians, the pitch was just where she likes them, outside and up in the strike zone.
May 7, 2016 |
By the time Sophie Beretski's game-winning home run cleared the fence in right field she was already on second base. It's not that the two-run shot was a towering fly ball or got caught up in the wind. No, the Neshaminy second baseman was just too excited to trot around the bases - she wasn't going to slow down just because of her heroics. Instead she did the opposite. "I was sprinting so fast," she said. "I couldn't control my excitement. " Who can blame her? Beretski was responsible for three of her team's four runs as Neshaminy won in dramatic fashion, 4-2, against visiting Council Rock North on Thursday.
May 5, 2016 |
Matt Hand's two-way talents have played a huge role in Council Rock North's continued success on the diamond. A righthanded hurler with terrific command, he is 7-0 with a 0.78 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 36 innings. He has yielded only five walks and four earned runs. Doubling as a shortstop for the 14-1 Indians, Hand is batting .347 (17 for 49) with 10 RBIs, eight runs, four doubles, a triple, and a home run. The cleanup man has a .429 on-base percentage. With Hand leading the way, C.R. North, which sits atop the Suburban One League National Conference with an 8-1 mark, is bidding for its second consecutive PIAA District 1 Class 4A title.
May 2, 2016 |
A single would have been fine, Angie Carty said. "Just a poke," the Souderton senior said afterward. "Anything. " With two runners on and her team up by only a run in the second inning, it didn't matter to Carty how the ball got into play. She just knew she had to put it there. The leadoff batter delivered for the Big Red, sending an outside pitch to right field for a triple and sending two of her teammates home. The two-run triple ended up being the difference maker for Souderton on Saturday afternoon in a pivotal nonconference win over Council Rock North, 3-2. "She's one of the most aggressive on the team," Alyssa McCormick said of Carty.
April 24, 2016 |
When last we left Brendan Patterson, the Council Rock South senior dominated on faceoffs in the Golden Hawks' first lacrosse win of the season. On Friday at rival Council Rock North, however, Patterson's goal-scoring ability took center stage as South claimed a come-from-behind 7-5 victory and first place in Suburban One League play. Patterson, who will play at Binghamton next season, scored a game-high four goals and helped the Hawks (5-3, 2-1) dominate in faceoff wins. A teammate's fourth-quarter quip told the story best.
March 30, 2016 |
After winning his first game as Council Rock South's lacrosse coach, Mike Murray already felt nostalgic. The Golden Hawks had just dispatched host Archbishop Ryan, 14-9, Monday afternoon when Murray huddled his victorious Hawks. "Brendan Patterson," Murray said, "I miss you already. " Patterson, a senior faceoff man who will play at Binghamton next season, won all 14 of his faceoffs, helping C.R. South jump out to an early 6-1 advantage. "That was really the difference in the game," Murray said.
March 7, 2016 |
Last year, Riley Palmer's postseason ended before it even began. The Council Rock South junior was in the midst of a 28-0 sophomore campaign when he missed weight by two pounds, making him ineligible to compete at 106 pounds in the sectional tournament. After placing seventh in the state tournament as a freshman, Palmer was shocked to find out his chance to make it back to Hershey in consecutive years had been taken away from him. "It was kind of devastating for me at first, like I didn't really know how to deal with it," Palmer said.