SELLERSVILLE – In a win-filled season, what strengthened North Penn’s drive is how he reacted after a single loss.
“After losing to Pensbury, the girls came back to me and said, ‘Coach, we got it.’ We will not allow this to happen again, ”said Knights coach Rick Taresani. “They realized how good they could be if they played their game. It was weird because I’ve never had a team say that before. “
The defending PIAA-6A state champion has made a whopping 51 races in his last three games after that single defeat. On Thursday night at Druckenmiller Park, after 18-0 over Central Bucks West earlier that day, North Penn won 15-0 over rival Pennridge to complete the colonial Suburban Division One League title, the sixth division of the NP Division for the past seven years.
“It’s so good. We worked so hard for it, and all our hard work to pay off feels amazing, ”said Sophia Collins of North Penn, who won two home runs. “We tried to come back strong after the defeat from Pensbury and we came back in full force.”
The win raised North Penn’s record to 15-1 (11-1 Colonial), and Monday will be a game at Quakertown. Pennridge (7-8, 5-8 Colonial), who is still on the hunt for the 1-6A County playoffs, hosts Central Bucks West on Tuesday.
“I think the girls fought much better than the first time we faced North Penn,” Rams coach Wendy Ioannisi said. “We have five games left, and if we stay stable in this game, we have a good chance of getting (to the playoffs).”
Julia Shearer controlled the NP, allowing just two strokes in her overall victory. She singled out 13 in the win on the shawl.
The “Knights” bats immediately got to work, and the first number opened with RBI double by Jan Chimina.
Collins and Maddie Gronbeck, finishing sixth and seventh for the NP, spent the third morning making the score 3-0 Knights.
“The lineup was great last year and we only lost four people, so it’s basically the same lineup and we’re folded from top to bottom,” said Collins, who finished 4 on 5 with three runs and four RBIs.
The Knights added three tasks to their lead in the fourth and then broke it in the sixth.
Ahead of home is Chimino, who also won two doubles, and Collins increased the gap to 9-0. In the next innings Collins scored twice again and it was 12-0 Knights.
“I feel great, especially because I’ve been a little struggling,” Collins said. “So coming back and hitting well and helping the team feels amazing.
“We just have to keep rolling, keep going.”
Taresani said: “Sofia had a great game. She plays great in defense (in short), when she lights up and hits, so as you hit the top of the line, be careful. “
Shearer, who is beating in the lead match for Knights, left the pair to finish the score.
Caitlin Trash and Katie Bucafuri received two hits for the Rams.
Pennridge lost her pitcher ace, Grace Helling, during the season, but she hopes to return to her senior year next spring. Averi Dockery got behind the Rams on Thursday night and fought in the sixth.
“We raised everyone in the lineup – we have Avery fourth, and the girls responded,” said Ioannis. “In the last few games, we have been very consistent in hitting the lineup, so the girls have really gotten stronger with the loss of Grace.”
North Penn 15, Pennridge 0
North Penn 102 303 6 – 15 17 0
Penridge 000 000 0 – 0 2 5
WP: Julia Shearer (7IP, 0R, 2H, 13K, 1BB).
LP: Averi Dockery (5 + IP, 9R, 6ER, 12H, 3K, 2BB, 2HBP).
HR: NP-Gianna Chimino, Sofia Collins 2; 2B: NP-Shearer, Bree Wilmot 2, Chimino 2.
Several hits: NP-Shearer 2-for-3, 2HBP, BB, 2RBI; Wilmot 2-for-4, BB, 2R; Cimino 3-for-5, 2R, 4RBI; Collins 4-for-5, 3R, 4RBI.