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Springside hurler opens up with perfect game

Seen here in a March 16 scrimmage at Shipley School, Springside senior Natalie Klotz pitched a perfect game last Tuesday against another Friends Schools League team, Germantown Friends.

Following last Tuesday’s softball season debut, the Springside School squad was faced with a dilemma; How do you improve upon perfection?

At Germantown Friends’ home venue at Blue Bell Field, visiting senior Natalie Klotz struck out 15 batters and Lions fielders furnished the other three outs for a 16-0 victory in a contest that ended after six innings due to the ten-run mercy rule.

Klotz also went four-for-five at the plate, driving in two runs in the first inning, one in the second, and three more in the sixth inning. The two baserunners ahead of Klotz in the first frame each drew walks, and after hitting them home the Springside hurler scored herself when GFS dropped a pop-up by sophomore Tori LaSmaith.

Lions junior Asha Deane and freshman Gianna Pownall each singled in the second inning and later scored on RBI singles by sophomore Alexis Giovinazzo and Klotz. The Lions added one more run their next time up to lead 6-0, but they were held scoreless by Germantown at the top of the fourth inning.

Klotz struck out the first 11 Tigers batters she faced, then a ground-out wrapped up the fourth inning with the tally still 6-0.

At the top of the fifth, a walk and an error set the stage for a seventh run to score on a sacrifice grounder to short by Springside freshman Michelle Cybularz. The best contact on the ball all day for GFS was made by senior catcher Zoe Groomes-Klotz to lead off the bottom of the fifth, but her hard line drive to the left side was snapped up by Giovinazzo, the Lions’ shortstop.

The Tigers had managed to extend the game beyond the five-inning mercy-rule minimum, but runs poured across the plate in the top of the sixth, when Springside churned out six hits and drew five walks. In addition to the three-run double by Klotz, there were RBI singles by Hughes, Deane, and junior Dom Jones.

GFS picked up its first win of the season the following day in a 14-13 slugfest at Barrack Hebrew Academy. The Tigers will be able to regroup and prepare for the league season during a six-game spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Last spring, Germantown wound up fifth in the Friends Schools League, losing a play-in game for the four-team FSL tournament.

Groomes-Klotz is one of nine seniors on the Tigers’ 2010 roster, and she is a team tri-captain along with centerfielder Matilda David and pitcher Jessica Moody. Moody and another upperclassman, outfielder Lily Gold, were temporarily sidelined by injury when GFS played Springside.

The other seniors for the Tigers are left fielder Amina Gould, second baseman Sarah Horwitz, designated hitter Nikki Jett-El, first baseman Laura Miller, and third baseman Molly Tow.

Junior pitcher Anita Thachet (2K, 9BB, 12H) went the distance on the mound for GFS last Tuesday. Starting shortstop Jenna Goldstein is also an 11th-grader, as are outfielders Cecelia Capanna and Sakile Shaw. Allison David, who starts in left field, is the lone sophomore on the squad.

Susan Robinson is back for her second season as the Tigers’ head coach, and she’s assisted by Dana Griffin.



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