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Mount softball outshines Jems, 2-0

 Mount St. Joe junior Shannon Gilman (left) is just a step too late as she tries to tag out a Villa Joseph Marie runner sliding into second base.

After digging themselves a hole in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies softball standings, the Mount St. Joseph Academy Magic took a step back towards the .500 mark last Thursday by defeating visiting Villa Joseph Marie, 2-0.

Junior Alyssa Drummy went the distance on the Mount mound, striking out seven while issuing three walks. The Magic out hit the Jems, 6-5, en route to a record of 2-4 in the AACA and 3-6 overall. Villa Joe had won 5-4 when the teams met back on March 31 (a game that Drummy missed), but last Thursday’s outcome sent the Jems home with a league mark of 3-4. In six innings of work, Villa Joe hurler Lisa Peluso recorded five strike outs.



Springside softball edged out in tiebreaker

Senior catcher Mary Trocky draws a bead on the ball; she went two-for-two with two walks in Friday’s game.

Last Friday Springside School’s softball field was the setting for an intense pitchers’ duel that stretched into a ninth inning, when the international tiebreaker rule went into effect and visiting Agnes Irwin pulled out a 1-0 victory.

Springside’s Natalie Klotz and fellow junior Kate Mentzinger of the Irwin Owls each recorded 12 strike-outs in the extended contest. After eight scoreless innings, the tiebreaker rule specified that each team would start its half of the ninth frame with a player on second base, and that player would be the one who made the last out in the team’s previous turn at bat. From there, play would proceed normally.

Round nine began with Irwin sophomore Katey Duffy already on second. The prophet Isaiah apparently got it right when he foretold “a little child shall lead them.” The youngest player in the game, Owls eighth-grader Lauren Fortunato, led off with a bunt down the first base line that was mishandled by Springside. On the error (each team only had one in the game) the ball wound up beyond the bag and Duffy scored for Irwin.


CH College softball conquered by Queens

After dropping the first game of Saturday’s softball doubleheader, 8-0, the host Griffins of Chestnut Hill College generated more offense in the second contest, but still bowed to visiting Queens College, 11-4.

The non-conference setbacks lowered CHC’s overall record to 4-38, while the team remained at 1-23 within the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Lady Knights of Queens raised their overall record into winning territory with the sweep, improving to 22-20.


Penn Charter rediscovers rowing legacy

Penn Charter crew head coach Hanne Gradinger (left), captains Billy Wagner and Jenna Maurer, and assistant coach Emma Morrow (right) at the Vesper Rowing Club boathouse.

For many years now, it’s been an anomaly in Philadelphia high school crew. Penn Charter, the school located closest to the starting line of the Kelly Drive race course, the alma mater of famed Olympic oarsman John B. Kelly Jr. (1945), did not have a rowing program.

Over the last few decades, Penn Charter students would occasionally band together to row on a club basis, but a true interscholastic entity never materialized.

That’s changed this year, as two dozen Quakers rowers have received the official sanction of the school’s athletic department, and are competing out of the historic Vesper Boat Club on Boathouse Row.


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