June 6, 2015 |
Nichole Eberhard tossed a one-hitter in a 5-1 win over Kutztown at Patriots Park in Allentown to send St. Basil to the PIAA Class AA semifinals for the first time in softball. Eberhard struck out six and walked two. She also doubled. Amanda Clark and Carly Jensen both went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. PIAA Class AAAA Quarterfinals Hannah Streeper was 2 for 2 with a run, but Perkiomen Valley fell to Parkland, 5-3, at Fleetwood. PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals Maddie Abbot struck out five in Villa Maria's 1-0 loss to Bethlehem Catholic at Fleetwood.
June 3, 2015 |
Mary Cate Butler hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth Monday to give Villa Maria the lead for good in its 3-1 win over Conrad Weiser in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA softball tournament at Spring-Ford. It was the first state playoff victory in program history for Villa Maria. In the second inning, Sarahrose Jonik singled, stole second and third base, and scored on a squeeze play by Bridget Curley. Maddie Abbot went the distance and struck out 11. The second game of the doubleheader between Owen J. Roberts and Penn Manor was rained out and will be played Tuesday afternoon at Lyons softball field.
June 1, 2015 |
The pop of the softball after it comes out of Meg Wimmer's right hand and into Nicole O'Donnell's glove is more noticeable these days. Since the Chichester ace first stepped onto the mound this season, that sound has been louder. And to opposing batters, the ball has looked more like a blur than usual. Wimmer, a senior, has been an imposing presence for the Eagles (21-2) since she walked into the circle as a freshman. But for her final campaign, she's been putting together something really special.
May 30, 2015 |
Claire Emplit got a haircut. The Villa Maria softball coach promised her team that it could cut off her braids if it won a district crown. After a 1-0 win over top-seeded Chichester in the District 1 Class AAA final Thursday at Strath Haven, the Hurricanes grabbed the scissors. "They did what they had to do," Emplit said. "They've been waiting all season to cut off my braid, and it feels amazing. " Junior Maddie Abbot struck out seven and walked none in a three-hitter to lead No. 3 Villa Maria (16-6)
May 28, 2015 |
"We're going to states," Hannah Chambers yelled as she charged the infield to celebrate with her teammates. For the Villa Maria senior, the celebration Tuesday was a long time coming. She arrived the same year Claire Emplit took over as coach, and Chambers said that the softball program at that point was "kind of nothing. " So, together Emplit and the Hurricanes set out on a journey. First, the goal was to qualify for districts. They did that in Chambers' sophomore year. This season, the Hurricanes captured a Catholic Academies title - the first time a team other than Nazareth has done so in 11 seasons.
May 24, 2015 |
Maddie Abbot picked a good time to pitch the best game of her career. The Villa Maria junior struck out 10 in her first career perfect game, a 3-0 win over visiting Marple Newtown, the 11th seed, in the District 1 Class AAA Quarterfinals. "This was amazing," Villa Maria coach Claire Emplit said. "She could not be any more excited ... Playing against these teams of this caliber, you don't expect it. " With her first strikeout on the day, Abbot reached 200 strikeouts on the season.
May 10, 2015 |
Emily Oltman was perfect over the final three innings on Friday. In was a good impression of her team, which has been perfect all year. Oltman struck out six in a four-hitter to lead visiting Perkiomen Valley past Central Bucks East, 7-2, in a nonleague softball game. Rachel Helverson went 4 for 4 with three RBIs for the Vikings, who finished the regular season 19-0. NONLEAGUE Chichester 7, St. Hubert 4: Meghan Wimmer struck out 11 and went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the visiting team.
April 4, 2015 |
Maddie Abbot has retired 42 batters this season. And 31 of them walked away without even putting a ball into play. The Villa Maria junior with the infamous rise ball struck out 16 on Thursday, and tossed her second consecutive shutout, as the visiting Hurricanes topped Phoenixville, 2-0, in a nonleague softball game. Briana Wright went 3 for 4 with a solo home run to boost the Hurricanes. Abbot also struck out 15 Monday in Villa Maria's season-opening win over Merion Mercy.
March 14, 2015 |
Villa Maria's swim team got one for the thumb on Thursday. The Hurricanes dominated the PIAA Class AA girls' swimming and diving championships, capturing their fifth consecutive title with 267 points at Bucknell University. Villa Maria's 400-yard freestyle relay team (Olivia Giampietro, Julie Dobson, Emily Cornell, Maura McManus) finished first in 3 minutes, 28.99 seconds, less than a second in front of Gwynedd Mercy (3:29.70). Gwynedd Mercy finished second overall with 155 points, thanks in part to Allie Szekely's victory in the 100 backstroke (54.02)
March 13, 2015 |
Villa Maria Academy took charge during the first day of the PIAA Class AA Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Bucknell University. The Hurricanes' 200-yard medley (Emily Cornell, Katelyn Chick, Olivia Giampietro, Julie Dobson) and 200 freestyle relay (Maura McManus, Giampietro, Cornell, Dobson) finished first as the team accumulated 153 points. Second-place Fairview has 77. Villa Joseph Marie senior Alexa Fabbri placed first in the girls' 100 butterfly with a time of 55.04 seconds.