June 2, 2016 |
Dan McLaughlin noticed it during preseason, before his Perkiomen Valley softball team even stepped on the diamond to play a game. There was a little extra something on Abby Wild's pitches, the coach thought to himself. A little extra pop, a zing when the ball left her right hand and hit the catcher's glove. That was a few months ago. Rachel Helverson noticed it from her spot at second base. That was on Tuesday. Wild has pitched in only nine games this season for the Vikings, but none was more important than the District 1 Class 3A semifinal against Upper Darby, in which she allowed just four hits, as P.V. won, 5-1. "Phenomenal," Helverson said.
June 7, 2015 |
UNION, N.J. - When they took the field in the bottom of the sixth inning, they were six outs away from the first state title for a girls' team in their school's history. They were so close they might have imagined the feel of the trophy in their hands and the exultation of thrusting their right index fingers in the air while posing for pictures. "We were right there," St. Joseph senior catcher Carly Testa said, tears forming on the corners of her eyes after the final game of her illustrious career.
April 3, 2015 |
Denny Brady has set such a high standard that an 11-strikeout performance against a quality opponent in the season opener somehow seems like an off day. That's surely unfair, but Brady has been so good for so long that the sight of a crooked number in the opposing team's linescore looks like a misprint. "He makes it look easy, but it's not easy," Buena coach Harry Grose said after Brady led the Chiefs to a 5-2 victory over Moorestown on Wednesday in a nonleague clash of Top 11 teams.
August 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Four and a half years ago, the Phillies had a team chock-full of highly paid veterans but an organization lacking in near major league-ready talent on the farm. So coming off back-to-back World Series appearances, Ruben Amaro Jr., who had worked out a deal to bring Roy Halladay to Philadelphia, traded Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for a package of three minor league prospects. Yesterday, nearly a half-decade later, the lessons from that trade, an unmitigated disaster, were briefly on display at Citi Field, where the Phillies were on the wrong end of a 11-2 drubbing at the hands of the New York Mets on the eve of Major League Baseball's trade deadline.
May 25, 2014 |
If there is one thing that really stresses out a softball catcher, it is a pitch that gets past her. When the softball hits the dirt or flies over her head, a wave of panic hits. The catcher's job is to protect the pitcher, make her look good. The advantage to being so well-acquainted with wild pitches and passed balls, on the other hand, is that the catcher takes that knowledge with her on the base paths. That's exactly what happened to Avon Grove's Alyssa Herion, who scored the winning run in walk-off fashion as the Red Devils defeated Neshaminy, 2-1, Friday in the quarterfinals of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament.
May 13, 2013 |
The first two runs scored on wild pitches. The third scored on a delayed steal. The fourth and fifth runs scored on an error. The sixth scored on another wild pitch. "You know you have a good offense when you don't hit and you still score," Eastern senior pitcher and cleanup hitter Steve Priolo said after the Vikings' 10-4 victory over St. Augustine Prep on Saturday in a Diamond Classic first-round game between top-three teams. In the end, the Vikings got their share of big hits as junior Jake Quinn rapped an RBI double, senior Matt Marella delivered an RBI single, and junior Tom Flacco sent a fastball soaring over the right-field fence for a two-run homer.
April 3, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer and a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning on Monday, powering the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the majors' first interleague season opener. Both teams emptied their benches and bullpens before Iannetta - who caught all 13 innings - finally provided the breakout hit. The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the 13th off J.J. Hoover, who walked two and hit Hank Conger, the Angels' final position player.
July 18, 2012 |
On air, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), the news-anchor superhero at the center of HBO's The Newsroom, talks to America about important things while his staff looks on adoringly. Meanwhile, in his active dating life, Will is wont to assume a kingly hauteur when talking down to the very women he's trying to woo. This week, in the decisively bad fourth episode of Aaron Sorkin's wild pitch of a screwball, Will is more than once powerfully rude in denouncing the evils of gossip to his lady friends, and more than once his lectures earn damp feedback — the little liquid smack of a drink thrown in his face.
June 16, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - With the lights-out duel being waged between Central Bucks South's Haileigh Stocks and Bishop Shanahan's Kate Poppe, it seemed as if Friday's PIAA Class AAAA softball final might go deep into the night. But C.B. South scratched out a run against Poppe in the top of the ninth inning, and Stocks shut the door in the bottom half. With that, the Titans, despite totaling only three hits, earned a 1-0 victory at Penn State's Beard Field and captured the program's first state crown.
June 1, 2012 |
Two days after capturing the Catholic League baseball title, Neumann-Goretti added another crown, as the Saints rolled over Philadelphia Electrical, 13-0, in the District 12 Class AAA title game Thursday at Ashburn Field. Anthony Adams led the Saints with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Jimmy Kerrigan and Pat Doudican also added doubles. Josh Ockimey had a triple and finished 1 for 2 and drove in two runs. Joe Jaep picked up the complete-game win, striking out four and allowing two hits in the six-inning game.