Maggie Koch's bases-loaded blooper to shallow right field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh resulted in a wild final sequence that saw four runs score as the Daniel Boone softball team walked off with a 6-5 Berks Conference Division 1 victory over visiting Exeter Thursday afternoon.
Bekah Slattery went 2-for-4 with one run and also picked up the win with 5.2 scoreless innings of one-hit, eight-strikeout ball as the Blazers improved to 2-0 in the division and 3-0 overall.
Savannah Toth was 2-for-2 with two runs, Megan Piccarreta was 2-for-3 with one RBI and Toth was 2-for-3 with three RBI for Boone.
Exeter (0-1, 1-2) led 5-0 after two innings, but Boone got on the board with two runs in the fourth before the fateful final frame. Slattery and Piccarreta sparked the rally with back-to-back one-out singles. Toth was intentionally walked one out later to set the stage for Koch, whose Texas Leaguer plated three runs before a throwing error to the plate enabled her to advance home with the game-winning run.
Methacton 3, Phoenixville 0: A two-run first inning set the tone for the Warriors' PAC-10 victory over the Phantoms.
Winning pitcher Megan Stauffer threw a five-hit shutout, helping her mound cause by going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Danielle Duda also had two hits and an RBI.
Spring-Ford 4, Perkiomen Valley 1: Jenna Lee fired a one-hitter, striking out five, to help the Rams top the Vikings in PAC-10 action.
Kylee Harris was 2-for-3 with one RBI and Megan Kern had two hits for Spring-Ford (4-0, 4-0).
Emily Oltman struck out nine and went the distance for PV (2-2, 3-2).
West-Mont Christian 14, Woodlynde 1: Emily Coffman was a two-way star for the Wings in their rout of Woodlynde School, hurling three innings of nine-strikeout ball and driving in two runs. Amy Morris and Angel Palumbo each contributed two hits while scoring a combined five runs.
Boyertown 10, Pottstown 0: Ryan Black and Alex Barrett combined on a two-hit shutout and Austin Madeja was 2-for-2 with three runs for the Bears in the five-inning PAC-10 win over the Trojans.
Zach Moser was 2-for-2 with two runs and Brandon Griesemer and Ryan Weller drove in two runs for two-time defending league champ Boyertown (4-0, 4-0). Pottstown fell to 0-3, 0-4.
Spring-Ford 7, Perkiomen Valley 0: Cody Brown and Ryan Cass combined on a three-hit shutout and Dave Gulati homered and drove in three runs to power the Rams past the Vikings in PAC-10 play.
Brown struck out six and allowed two hits over five innings for Spring-Ford (3-1, 3-1). PV, which got four combined innings of no-hit relief from Elijah Landes and Nick Mikesic, fell to 0-4, 1-4.
Owen J. Roberts 9, Upper Perkiomen 1: David Clay went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and Noah Beebe was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI to lead the Wildcats past the Indians in a PAC-10 game.
Jake LeClerc went 2-for-2 with one RBI and Joe Zgleszewski doubled and drove in two runs for OJR (4-1, 5-1), which got a combined six-hitter from Steve Muscovitch and C.J. Weaver.
Daron Pijanowski was 2-for-3 for the Tribe (0-4, 0-4).
Daniel Boone 3, Exeter 1: Justin Herring fired a two-hitter and struck out 11 and Zach Heffner went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the Blazers past the Eagles in Berks Conference Division 1 play.
Heffner had an RBI groundout in the first inning and a run-scoring double in the sixth for Boone (2-0, 4-1), which has already equalled last year's victory total. Dylan Richards tossed a four-hitter in defeat.
Perkiomen Valley 18, Pottsgrove 5: Connor Dee and Sean Tornetta headed a potent offensive for the Vikings as they rolled over the Falcons in PAC-10 play.
Dee scored five goals and assisted on four others while Tornetta had four goals and one assist. Shawn Dickey chipped in with a hat trick as Ben Minardi, Zach Lynn and Shawn Coulter each netted two goals in helping PV open a seven-goal lead in the first quarter and take a 10-2 halftime edge.
William Wallace and Kyle Rodgers scored two apiece to head Pottsgrove.
Berks Catholic 18, Daniel Boone 1: Sean Seifert accounted for the Blazers' lone goal in their Berks Conference loss to the Saints.
Kevin Kostian was credited with the assist on Seifert's tally. Ben Linsey made 12 stops in goal for Boone (0-4, 1-5).
Boyertown 18, Methacton 5: Five players recorded hat tricks for the Bears as they rolled over the Warriors in their PAC-10 contest.
Haley Wentzel, Marie Valenti, Alex O'Herrick, Emma Morgan and Hannah Wentzel each hit for three goals to lead Boyertown, Wentzel and Valenti adding pairs of assists. Grace McFadyen chipped in with a pair of tallies while Alicia Stratten rounded out the scoring.
Kelly Glatthorn and Maddie Alderfer each had two goals to lead Methacton, whose other score came from Casey Reid.
Pottsgrove 15, Norristown 5: Hat tricks by Cheyenne Owens and Caitlin Gillette led the Falcons to a heady non-league victory over the Eagles.
Pottsgrove also got two-goal showings from Arayna Hedgepeth and Brianna West to go with solo tallies of Jaid Mark, Melannie Andrews, Courtney Petrucelli, Kelsey Hiriak and Madison Davis.
Pope John Paul II 13, Neshaminy 9: The Golden Panthers jumped out to a 10-2 halftime lead and cruised to the non-league win.
Lillia Walls and Jordan Kengor each had three goals and PJP got two goals apiece from Kate Cressman and Abby McMenamin.
Methacton 6, Phoenixville 1: A sweep of the doubles bracket was key to the Warriors handling the Phantoms in their PAC-10 match.
The best individual showing for Methacton came at first singles, where Justin Baman took Phoenixville's Luke Lombardi in a pair of 6-1 sets. The Phantoms' lone point was scored at third singles by Nick Vaile, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Tassos Sapalidis.
Pope John Paul II 7, Pottsgrove 0: The Golden Panthers won all matches in straight sets en route to their PAC-10 sweep of the Falcons.
PJP's best individual showing came at first singles, where Brian Caresosa swept past Eric Maynard, 6-0, 6-0.
Owen J. Roberts 7, Boyertown 0: Winning six matches in straight sets enabled the Wildcats to blank the Bears in their PAC-10 pairing.
The best individual showing for Owen J. came at first singles, where Utkarsh Pandey handled David Herring in a pair of 6-0 sets.
Barrack Hebrew 4, Perkiomen School 1: Michael Pulcini and Stefan Engels won 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles for the Panthers' lone victory in the Tri-County League loss.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Trojans win twice: Bryant Quill and Denzel Harvey each won two events to key Pottstown's sweep of Phoenixville and Pope John Paul II in a double-dual PAC-10 meet. The Trojans beat both schools by identical 81-69 scores, and the Golden Panthers broke even with their 79-70 victory over the Phantoms.
Quill got his firsts in the 110 high hurdles (15.6) and high jump (6-4), as did Harvey in the 100 (11.0) and 200 (22.5). John Conner and Kyle D'Ambrosio were double-winners for PJP: Conner in the 1,600 (4:46) and 3,200 (10:50), D'Ambrosio in the long jump (20-1 1/2) and triple jump (41-3 3/4).
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Golden Panthers win twice: Caroline McLaughlin and Devon Player each won three events to key Pope John Paul II's sweep of a PAC-10 double-dual meet with Phoenixville and Pottstown. The Panthers beat the host Phantoms 92-57 and the Trojans 120-20, with Phoenixville getting a split by a 108-39 win over Pottstown.
McLaughlin topped all comers in the 300 intermediate hurdles (48.8) and 100 hurdles (16.9), in addition to the 200 (2:36). Player dominated the throwing events with her firsts in the shot put (30-10), discus (86-2 1/2) and javelin (111-7).
Lauren Benner (100, 13.1), Jackie Tucker (1,600, 5:45), Samantha McIntyre (long jump, 16-1) and Sue Shier (pole vault, 8-6) led Phoenixville with their event sweeps.
Daniel Boone 3, Reading 0: Jack Pantone, Dan Downs and Noah Coates were the statistical stars for the Blazers as they swept the Red Knights in a Berks Conference match. Boone (1-3, 3-3) won by set scores of 25-12, 25-17 and 25-14.
Pantone had 30 digs, Downs had 14 kills and 12 digs and Coates had 32 assists.
Indoor Nationals: The Pottstown Seahawks set a number of team records at the 2014 national-championship meet held in Greensboro, N.C.
The girls' 200 medley relay team of Taylor Cisik, Olivia Savino, Maddison Marcheskie and Payton Miles placed 41st in 1:49.80 for one record, and the boys' 200 medley relay Morgan Schreiber, Nick Savino, Sam Feiser and Colin Bauer went 21st in 1:35.46 for another. A third team record was set by the boys 800 free relay of Sam Feiser, Ethan D'Arcangelo, Alex McCullough and Vince Filippini with a time of 6:57.44.
Filippini also competed in the 500 free. Other Pottstown performers were Olivia Savino and Nick Savino in the 100 breast, and Kira Buchler and D'Arcangelo (48th, 1:53.40) in the 200 back.
Ursinus 11, Maine-Presque 0: Six runs in the second inning proved to be more than enough for the Bears (9-6) as they blanked Maine-Presque Isle in a non-conference affair.
A total of 25 players saw action in the contest for Ursinus (9-6), including a total of six pitchers who combined for a three-hitter. Freshman Connor Moriarty got the win as, on a pre-determined staff day, he threw three innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and one walk.
For Ursinus, junior third baseman Vince Rondolone, freshmen infielder C.J. Diana and left fielder Timo Muro each had two hits, while Rondolone finished with four RBI. Muro had two runs scored, as the Bears banged out 10 hits in the win.