Upper Perk's Emily Moll slides into home plate safely on a passed ball, as Pottsgroves pitcher Gabi Ermish reaches for the throw from the catcher in Tuesday afternoon's home game.
By reading the box scores he has collected, Walt Schmidt said he knew what to expect from Pottsgrove's softball team Tuesday. "That team can really crush the ball," said Schmidt, Upper Perkiomen's coach.
The Falcons lived up to their reputation in a 9-4 victory over the Indians in PAC-10 action Tuesday by collecting 12 hits. Gabi Ermish led Pottsgrove with four hits. She smacked two RBI-doubles and scored three runs. Cori Dickinson contributed three hits, including a double, a triple and two RBI. Jenna Trythall drove in two runs, while Abby Girafalco scored twice for the Falcons, who scored in every inning except the fifth.
"Pottsgrove can really hit," Schmidt said. "Which is something we don't do as well as we should. We need to do a better job timing the pitches. It's something we have to work on."
Ermish earned the victory on the mound for Pottsgrove. The sophomore surrendered four hits while striking out seven. Schmidt called Ermish one of the better pitchers in the PAC-10.
After tossing three perfect innings, Ermish gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Upper Perkiomen's initial five hitters reached base safely.
Lyndsey Quinn's single opened the scoring. An outfield error allowed Sara Heidler to score on a sacrifice fly, then Chloe Clemente crossed the plate on a wild pitch to get the Indians (5-10) within one at 5-4.
Emily Moll, Upper Perkiomen's pitcher, worked out of a jam in the top of the fifth. She gave up a single and double to open the inning before retiring the next three hitters.
Pottsgrove (9-8) extended its lead to 6-4 in the sixth when Ermish scored from second on an infield grounder. The Falcons added three runs in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Moll, the Indians' left hander, walked four and struck out one. "Emily hasn't figured out how good she can be," Schmidt said.
On Monday, Quinn pitched Upper Perkiomen to a 7-0 win over Pope John Paul II. She struck out 10, while scattering three hits. Quinn has collected more than 100 strikeouts this season in her first concentrated season of pitching, according to Schmidt. He said the pitcher features a hard fastball and a pretty good rise ball.
Casey Umstead finished with a double and scored three runs, while Sara Heidler contributed two hits – including a double – and one RBI for the Indians, who rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth to extend a 1-0 lead.
"I told Emily and Lyndsay that they can look forward to dueling with [Ermish] for several years," Schmidt said.
According to the coach, Upper Perkiomen must win two of its final three games, at home Wednesday against Perkiomen Valley and a doubleheader Friday at Phoenixville, to advance to the District 1 playoffs.
"And even if we do win two out of three, it would still be an outside chance," Schmidt said.