September 24, 2015 |
Megan Vermeil said she prefers playing field hockey in warm weather. Abby Siana said she likes it better when it's cold. But after running past host St. Basil Academy, 12-0, on a breezy final day of summer Tuesday, both Villa Maria forwards agreed - 70 degrees and cloudy was perfect. "Yeah, this is a good temperature," Vermeil said. "This is ideal. " After starting the season with four wins and 23 goals in its first five games, all played in the sweltering tail end of a particularly hot summer, Villa Maria pounced on St. Basil, scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the game.
September 10, 2015 |
It wasn't long into overtime Tuesday when Angela Gervasi took matters into her own hands to conclude a Catholic Academies soccer matchup. Within the first minute of the extra period, the junior took control of the ball, broke past a trio of defenders, and scored to give host Mount St. Joseph a 3-2 win over Villa Maria. Ashley Pyne scored and assisted Reagan Fitzgerald on a goal. Pioneer Athletic Conference. Kylie Cherneskie powered Pope John Paul II's offense, recording a hat trick in a 7-0 rout at Pottstown.
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.