Perkiomen second baseman Mindi Gallagher reaches out with ball to make the tag on a Knox base runner in Saturday's home game.
The transition of a new season, with a new coach, has not disrupted the success of the Perkiomen School girls’ softball team. Defeating the Knox School of Long Island, New York by a score of 21-5 demonstrated the team’s strength carried over from the previous year.
First-year head softball coach Tony Lambert, who is also the Perkiomen School’s assistant football coach, has thus far been impressed by his team’s performance. With a current record of 3-1, he is confident that the girls will be able to match last spring’s overall record of 10-3.
Although there are only three seniors currently on his team - Alexa Turner, Thuy Trinh and Lauren Schultz - Lambert sees being a rather young team as advantageous.
“Our seniors are doing a great job, leading by both sportsmanship and example. However, because there are only a few of them we will have a lot of experience returning next year,” Lambert said.
Although three underclassmen started the game, it didn’t stop the Perkiomen School from getting an early jump on the Falcons. In the first inning, the Panthers kept the Knox School scoreless. After a huge home run by sophomore Mindi Gallagher in the bottom of the first, the Perkiomen School proceeded to score eight runs. Pitcher Anya Schultz attributed the initial lead to an comprehensive team effort.
“We worked great together and got the bats moving early. The team was just really focused,” Schultz commented.
Perkiomen’s big hits did not simply cease after the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Lauren Schultz drilled a ball down the third base line, scoring one run and setting the team up for another significant inning. Also in the second inning, junior short stop Adrianna Munos turned over her second double-play of the game.
Although this was not a league game, and did not accurately reflect the other teams which the Panthers will continue to face, the girls used this opportunity to work on areas they could improve upon.
“We need to work on our two-strike hitting, situational defense, and base running. This game was a great opportunity to make a lot of substitutions. The goal is that by the end of the season we will be playing consistently competitive and cleaner softball,” commented Lambert.
With hopes of carrying over their momentum, the Perkiomen School will play their next game at home today against West-Mont Christian Academy beginning at 4 p.m.