This spring, the Pottstown softball team has been on the short side of the score in a godly number of lopsided games.
On Saturday, the Trojans got to see what life on the other side is like. They visited Wyomissing for a non-league outing, and came home with a satisfying 15-4 victory that was their first of the season ... and matched their win total from the 2013 campaign.
Miranda Swinehart worked a solid six-hitter, with nine strikeouts to her credit. The offense banged out 14 hits — four of them covering extra bases. And the defense, keyed by the play of Leanne Strauss and Lexi Volinski, committed just one error.
"It feels awesome to be on the winning side,' head coach Dot McCrone said in a post-game statement.
Swinehart and Brianna Gribble swung two of Pottstown's bigger bats: Swinehart went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI, and Gribble was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Kelly O'Donnell was 2-for-2 with another two-bagger while Volinski and Aris Cambers each went 2-for-3, Cambers driving in a pair of runs for the Trojans (1-12).
Boyertown 4, Wilson 0: Alex Barrett and Ryan Black combined on a four-hit shutout as the Bears topped the Bulldogs in a non-leaguer.
Tyler Comport went 3-for-3 with two runs and Ben Longacre was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Boyertown (11-2).
Donegal 5, Daniel Boone 2: Scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning enabled the host Indians to break out of a deadlock with the Blazers and pick up a non-league victory.
Zach Heffner pitched five strong innings for Boone, surrendering just two earned runs in the loss. Heffner also tripled and drove in the Blazers' two runs on an RBI single in the fourth while Bryce Stout also had two hits for the Blazers.
Perkiomen swept: The Panthers lost both ends of their non-league doubleheader with Penn Charter. Perkiomen saw its guests rally for an 11-9 lead in the first game, then roll to a 12-0 victory in the second.
The locals took a 7-3 lead into the fifth inning of the opener, only to see PC go ahead off a home run and couple defensive miscues. Joey Pena (3-for-5) and Tommy Aaron (3-for-5, two RBI) were the hitting stars for Perkiomen, with pitcher Levi Stoudt suffer his first loss of the year.
In the second game, hits by Pena and Aaron were the main highlights.
Southern Lehigh 18, Boyertown 7: Codey Prindle made 11 saves in net for Boyertown but the Bears couldn't manage a non-league victory. Cody Orff led the Bears with three goals while Mitch Grohoski scored twice. Chris Stutzman (one assist) and Brock Johnson (two assists) each scored once.
Germantown Academy 10, Hill School 5: Trailing GA by a 6-2 count after one half, the Blues were unable to recover in this pairing from the Katie Samson Festival.
Will Schantz netted a hat trick to lead the Hill.
Holy Ghost Prep 16, Perkiomen Valley 12: Down 7-5 at the half, depth and injuries took their toll as the Vikings couldn't close the gap against the Firebirds.
Shawn Dickey led PV (11-4) with his five-goal showing while Sean Tornetta and Ben Minardi each added two goals. Kevin Mo gave the Vikes 12-save goaltending.
Archbishop Carroll 17, Boyertown 3: The Patriots stormed out to a 12-1 lead in the opening half and easily cruised on for the Katie Samson Festival victory.
Maria Valenti, Hannah Jaskuta, and Alex O'Herrick each managed just one goal for the Bears. And that was all Boyertown could muster on that day.
Springside Chestnut Hill 14, Methacton 13: The Warriors fell in overtime in the Katie Samson Festival loss.
Owen J. Roberts 21, W.C. East 11: Bolting to a 13-4 lead in the first half, the Wildcats rolled to a non-league victory over the Vikings.
Devin Hassinger had a team-high seven goals for OJR, with Kerry Huzzard adding another five. Maddie Gebert and Morgan Stone produced hat tricks while Katie Dempsey (two) and Liz Karchewski rounded out the scoring.
Souderton 14, Upper Perkiomen 4: The Indians were unable to keep pace with the Big Red, falling to their non-league loss.
Maddie Fox had two goals to lead UP, with Holly Nonnenman and Kenzie Gebhart completing the point production. Regan McComb had a 13-save day in goal.
TRACK & FIELD
Penn Relays: The Spring-Ford varsity 4x400 meter relay put on a tremendous final performance winning the Elite Suburban event with a time of 3:19.4, qualifying the Rams for the Philadelphia All-Area Championship race. Running for the Rams were Josh Tupper, Jared Shoemaker, Joe Bush and anchor David O'Such.
The Rams then finished fourth in the Philadelphia All-Area race with a 3:22.48.
Pottsgrove Invitational: The Spring-Ford ninth and tenth-graders fared well at the Pottsgrove Invitational at Pottsgrove.
Leading the Rams girls, Isabella Marchini placed first in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:25.6, while Jenna Vledder was fifth with 5:38.1, a personal best; Renee Johnson took second in the 100 hurdles at 16.7; Lyrique Green was second in the 400 meters at 66.7; Sam Watkin was third in the long jump with a 15-5; Alaigha Johnson was second in the high jump tying the meet record at 5-0.
Leading the Rams boys, Josh Miller won the 800 meters with a 2:00.8; Chris Fenimore was third in the 100 with an 11.3.
The 4x400 relay took first with Chris Fennimore, Tyler Uba, Evan Horrocks and Stone Scarcelle with a meet record of 3:40.7. Casey Callahan won the high jump at 5-8, with Stone Scarcelle second at 5-4. Tim Rudderow won two throwing events, taking the shot put at 38-4 3/4 and the discus at 127-4.
JR. LEGION BASEBALL
Conestoga Tournament: The Boyertown Grizzlies got their 2014 season off to a good start in tournament play, winning twice at Conestoga. The Grizzlies shut down the opposition in their two games, blanking Concord 6-0 and Northampton 1-0.
In the first game, Nick Ciacco had two hits — a double and RBI part of his outing — and Marcus Thomas added another RBI in support of winning pitcher Mike Xanthopoulos. In the second game, J.T. Cooley had a double and drove in the game's lone run while Gavin Mourar added a two-bagger. Mike Hohlseld got the pitching win, and Trevor Waldmann the save, as Boyertown qualified for Sunday's championship game.
Ursinus splits: Timo Muro went 3-for-5, including a three-run double in the top of the 10th inning, as the Bears defeated McDaniel 6-3in the first game en route to a Centennial Conference doubleheader split. In the second game, McDaniel won 3-2. Ursinus is 7-10, 16-16 on the season.
Ursinus swept: Swarthmore took a Centennial Conference doubleheader from the Bears by scores of 3-0 and 4-1. Zoe Heinke went 2-for-3 in the second game and Casey Derella drove in the lone run for Ursinus (2-14, 10-24.).
Ursinus 7, Muhlenberg 2: The Bears took seven of nine matches, including a sweep of all three doubles, to finish their season with a Centennial Conference win over the Mules.
Evan Stutchin and Matt Hope won their doubles match 8-2 over Jason Teitelbaum and Eric Chavis. Evan Lord and Logan Metcalf-Kelly also won a 8-2 decision over Daniel Lakhman and Derrick Eng. For the final doubles match Tyler Arsenault and Henry Burke won 8-3 over Ben Berkowitz David Woods.
For the singles matches Stutchin won over Lakhman 6-3, 6-3. Arsenault won over Berkowitz 7-5, 6-2. Metcalf-Kelly won over Chavis 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Finally Marsh won over Eng 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
The Bears improved to 2-6, 13-7.
Ursinus 16, Muhlenberg 9: The Bears, eyeing a seat in the Centennial Conference playoffs, did their part by defeating the Mules.
Steve Smyrl and Logan Panaccione both led Ursinus (3-4, 9-6) with three goals each, and Smyrl added two assists on the day. Ursinus needed a win by McDaniel over Gettysburg to slide into the final spot in the playoffs; in a game that came down to the wire, however, Gettysburg topped McDaniel 16-15 to knock Ursinus out of the playoffs.
Muhlenberg 16, Ursinus 10: Freshman Jayme Verman netted five goals, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Mules on their Senior Day game.
Katie McEwen, Amber Moyer, Caroline Cannon and Nicole Kovacs were all honored before the Senior Day contest. The Bears fell to 3-6, 8-8.