Despite the pouring rain, the Upper Perkiomen Girls Softball League’s 18-and-under team persevered through all seven innings of play during last Wednesday’s rescheduled home game. By a final decision of 11-5, the girls were defeated by their opponent, the Pocono Poison.
Though it was their last game of the season, the objective was not entirely about winning, but instead about giving younger players an opportunity to gain experience.
Head coach Rob Stoll brought up two younger players from the league’s 14-and-under team (U14), Chloe Clemente and Lynsey Quinn, to participate in this game.
Clemente and Quinn were two of the three pitchers that threw innings against the Poison. Clemente had one strikeout, Lynsey had three, and her older sister, Meagan, a member of the 18U team, had five.
“Pitching with my sister was intimidating because she has a faster arm than me. This game was also hard because I wanted to stay with U14’s but I also wanted to step up and get the experience,” said Lynsey who, along with her sister, will be playing with the Berks County Lighting travel team next season.
Ending their season with a record of 2-6, Stoll discussed his team’s progress by saying, “We’ve learned to play hard, but just didn’t have enough to win against the Poison. The team definitely played a lot better defensively than Monday’s game. We just made some errors and our hitting came alive too late in the game.”
In the top of the seventh inning, the Pocono Poison’s Abi Green crushed a three-run homerun, extending their lead.
Also late in the game, Chelsea Weller was able to make an outstanding catch nearing the fence in deep left field to prevent the Poison from scoring any additional runs.
Upper Perk’s only extra-base hits then came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Lara McQue came up big with a triple followed by a double by Sara Good.
Although this year’s season is over, the team’s coaches and players have already began anticipating the following year.
“I hope all the girls come back and continue to further their skills. It’s always fun,” commented assistant coach Ed McQue.
To sign up for either fall ball or the spring and summer seasons, visit the team’s website for more information: www.upgsl.com.
“Next season we want to improve but also continue making sure the girls are always having fun,” stressed Stoll.
Fall Ball will begin in September and end in late October. Any girls interested and under the age of 18 are eligible to play.