Perkiomen's Mindi Gallagher gets a piece of the ball, sending it into left center in Monday's home game against Mercy Vocational.
Just an hour before the Perkiomen School’s girls softball team was scheduled to play Mercy Vocational High School at home on Monday, clouds filled the sky and rain began pouring down.
As the players gathered around the field, the air was bitter and rain came down even harder, creating a water-soaked infield and outfield.
The first inning was a challenge and Perkiomen tried to do their best despite the harsh conditions. They held their ground well until Mercy Vocational scored two runs on two hits and then, moments later, scored again, making it 3-0.
When Perk got their chance to bat, they were able to make a quick comeback. Adriana Munoz, a sophomore, worked a walk and then stole second. Moments later, sophomore Mindi Gallagher hit a ball to deep center for a double, scoring Munoz. Gallagher later scored on a passed ball.
The inning ended with a score of 3-2, Mercy Vocational, after Dorita Deveney singled but was stranded following a strikeout.
By the end of the first inning, the umpires called the game. The game has not been rescheduled to date.
Head coach Tony Lambert, in his first year for Perkiomen, stated that so far, it “has been an outstanding season.”
The girls currently hold a winning record of 8-4 and have been evenly matched with most of the teams they have played this year.
“We’ve lost four games, and three of those we only lost by one run,” Lambert explained. “We’ve gotten down in some games and [had] to battle back, and the girls have really come through. Sometimes we get down a little early, [but] we find our bearings and usually are able to come back.”
Unfortunately, the team recently suffered a loss when their first baseman and co-captain Alexa Turner broke her fibula a week and a half ago.
“We’ve been trying to make the adjustments by moving some girls around with the batting order, and of course out on the field we have to pick up the slack because she was a great first baseman,” Lambert said. “But it hasn’t been just one player that has stepped up, it’s been [the whole] team.”
The team is now looking forward to the Pennsylvania State Independent Playoffs and the Tri-County League playoffs which will take place in mid-May.
“We’ve had a pretty solid season,” Lambert noted. “Now this is the time where you really want to finish off well.”
Perkiomen is scheduled to play their final regular season game at home today against Lower Moreland at 4 p.m.