May 19, 2016 |
One hundred hits is the sign of a lot of things for a softball player. A long career. A productive career. And the approach of the end of a career. While the accomplishment is special, it usually carries a bittersweet component: Much more of an athlete's scholastic career is behind her instead of ahead. "Pretty sad," Northern Burlington senior shortstop Megan Mayernik said of the notion that she is entering her final playing days with the Greyhounds and with three remarkable teammates.
May 17, 2016 |
The softball went off the opponent's bat and hit Micaela Ghanayem on her right wrist. The Upper Merion senior shook it off. After all, getting hit by a foul tip is a common occurrence for a catcher. It had happened to Ghanayem dozens of times before, and just like in those practices or games, she brushed it off then, too. But later in the contest, she dove for a foul ball and heard something crack. Now that wasn't so common. Ghanayem continued playing anyway and didn't tell anyone.
May 12, 2016 |
Ashley Croge used to be quiet. "When I was a freshman, I never said a word," Croge said. Croge is a senior. She's an unquestioned leader of the Sterling softball team. She's a top hitter and a top defensive player. She's not quiet anymore, either. "When she's having a good day, everybody bounces off her," Sterling coach Kelly Johnson said of Croge. "She's major leader for us out there. " Croge put together one of the most memorable games of her career Monday. She was 2 for 3 with five RBIs, hitting a double and the first grand slam of her career in a 7-3 win over Haddon Township.
May 10, 2016 |
Baserunners kept stealing on the Sting. Megan Kern was 11 or 12 at the time, playing one of her two usual positions in the infield - shortstop or third base - for the Limerick-based softball team. The Sting was her travel team back then - still is, as a matter of fact - and the squad was playing in a tournament behind the Boyertown YMCA. In the middle of the game, her coach, Lee Trythall, decided to do something. He put Kern behind the plate. Five years later, Trythall is still Kern's coach, and he hasn't had to worry about runners trying to advance on his team since.
May 9, 2016 |
Hello there On a warm November Sunday in 2009, some friends decided the weather was just right for softball. At that game, played on the field of their former high school, Heidi first noticed Jack, and Jack first noticed Heidi. She was Hatboro-Horsham Class of 2003, he was Class of 2004. Though their social circles overlapped a little, they never really spoke back then. They didn't speak on the ball field, either. A week or two later, Jack and friends walked into the Brick House Tavern.
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 7, 2016 |
Striking out two and allowing only two walks, Caela Abade tossed a seven-inning no-hitter to lead visiting West Chester Rustin past Downingtown East, 8-1, in a Ches-Mont League matchup Thursday. Sammy LaRosa went 3 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs while Lexi Wright went 2 for 5 and added two RBIs for the Golden Knights. Elsewhere in Ches-Mont League softball action: Behind Emily Williams' no-hitter, Downingtown West racked up 14 hits to rout host Sun Valley, 11-0. Caitlyn Coker went 3 for 3 with a double and a triple, picking up four runs and two RBIs.
May 5, 2016 |
As do most seniors, Emily Serata feels an urgency to make the most of her final high school season. Serata has been playing with many of her Eastern High School teammates for her entire career. She's part of a core group of seniors who are three- or four-year starters. But what's different about this season, in what might seem like a paradox, is that Serata says she doesn't feel any pressure to perform. She wants to excel. She just doesn't feel as if she has to excel. "As a senior, I feel more relaxed than ever," Serata said.
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 27, 2016 |
The softball took one bounce and Brady Tillotson calmly grabbed it and fired to first base. Other times, the ball rolled to her instead. Sometimes it reached the Central Bucks East third baseman on a short hop. It didn't matter how the ball got to Tillotson, the pace at which it reached her, or how far she had to move from her position to get to it. The senior always reacted the same way: without hesitation. The result was the same, too: an out. Tillotson, a Bryant recruit who has been a fixture in the Patriots lineup since her freshman season, recorded six putouts Monday against Abington as C.B. East defeated the Ghosts, 6-1. "I actually think that was the most balls I've gotten in a game this entire season," Tillotson said with a laugh.