Upper Perk's Emily Moll slides into third safely, as Perkiomen's Sarah Chiesa looks for the throw to the bag in last Thursday's first meeting of the two teams at Perkiomen.
For the first time in each team's history, Upper Perk High School and the Perkiomen School softball teams faced off last Thursday.
The teams played at Perkiomen's field. The game ended with a 7-0 score in Upper Perks favor.
Having never played each other before, the teams didn't know what to expect. For the first three innings of the game, no runs were made.
"The Perkiomen School was competitive, and they were very strong in the middle," said Upper Perk coach Walt Schmidt. "We were impressed that as a team they were a close knit group, and very supportive of their team efforts." Schmidt attributed this bond to the coaching staff of the Perkiomen School.
When the fourth inning came around, Upper Perk's Heather Smith finally got home, scoring the first run of the game for Upper Perk. Throughout the rest of the innings, runs were earned for Upper Perk by Emily Moll, Chloe Clemente (two runs), Mackenzie Lederer, Megan Quinn and Lynsey Quinn.
"It was a tough game," said Perkiomen coach Melissa Gaiser. Her team had "a positive outcome even though the score doesn't show it."
Perkiomen did a good job defending against Upper Perk with great field plays from many of the players, including Amelia Dormer (first base), Isabella San Miguel (second base), Dorita Deveney (center) and Mindy Gallagher (short stop).
Perkiomen is showing a lot of improvement game-to-game this season. Gaiser said that "they worked on everything they've been working on in practice" during the game.
"I think the game went really well, especially since we didn't go into the game too sure of ourselves," said Perkiomen pitcher Meghan MacIntyre. "I was originally intimidated by them, but throughout the game I realized that they were just another high school."
With Upper Perk being such a small area, many of the girls on each team knew each other. "Knowing a lot of the girls that play for [Perk] is nice. It felt great," said Upper Perk pitcher Lynsey Quinn. "The game went great other than our offense, which could have been better."
Schmidt coaches alongside coach Denny Frank, and they have accomplished a lot of goals for their team, including establishing a Junior Varsity team.
"[Coach Schmidt] reminds us what we do wrong after the play happens," said Quinn, accounting for the differences that her coaches make for the team.
Many of the schools that Perkiomen faces are at a lower skill level, giving the girls less practice against teams that pose a threat. The pitching from Upper Perk's pitcher Lynsey Quinn was a new challenge for Perkiomen to face.
"I'm focused on throwing the best that I can and my catcher's glove location," Quinn said about her pitching. "I go over the pitch in my head before I throw it."
The game proved to be a good experience for both Upper Perk and Perkiomen School, and may lead to more games between them in the future.