Spring Break Sports Action
Penn Charter has been on spring break since last Friday, March 25, but Quaker baseball, lacrosse and softball have been at home and on the road. Here's what's up.
Counting scrimmages and games, senior lefty Santino Primerano pitched only 3 1/3 innings over the first three-plus weeks of PC's baseball season.
But on Friday, as the Quakers hosted Archbishop Carroll, Primerano worked all seven frames in a 7-0 triumph . . . and posted impressive stats as well.
He allowed two hits, walked none, struck out five and faced just 24 batters. Also, he threw 19 first-pitch strikes and 57 of his 78 total deliveries found the strike zone.
Primary support came from senior Kenny Bergmann, who went 2-for-4 with four RBI; he smacked two-run doubles in the first and fourth. Junior Brendan Pell went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
Elsewhere, boys lacrosse traveled to Richmond, VA, and suffered a 13-9 defeat vs. Collegiate High. Soph Blake Target (three) and junior Dylan Schwartz (two) scored multiple goals and junior Luke Stansfield dealt two assists.
Merely to reach their opponents' fields on Wednesday, four Penn Charter varsity squads needed to travel approximately 130 total miles.
As things turned out, three squads didn't mind in the least.
Girls lacrosse took the great-ending cake, posting an 11-10 win, in overtime, at Downingtown West on a goal by junior Macaul Mellor. It was her fourth of the day. OT had been forced on a late goal by senior Hannah Fox, her fifth of the day.
Fox and Mellor won five and four ground balls, respectively, and junior Perri Keehfuss notched two assists.
"Very exciting win for the girls against a very good Downingtown West team," coach Colleen Magarity said. "We fought hard as we didn't have our best overall game. We also played the last 20 minutes without (soph) Alexis Joseph because of two yellow cards, which is a big loss in the defensive end and midfield.
"I was proud that the girls never gave up when they were down and were able to get the job done with a win in overtime. We definitely have some things to work on before our next big game (vs. SCH Academy) on Tuesday."
On the surface, you'd likely think baseball's 6-1 success at Wissahickon was a breeze. Innnnnncorrect. The Trojans loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh. Soph lefty Mike Siani moved to the mound and wriggled out of the jam while allowing no inherited runners to score.
Siani and two juniors, Brendan Pell and Dom Toso, finished with two hits apiece. Senior Kenny Bergmann also notched two hits (both doubles) and scored two runs. Junior lefty Brendan Cellucci went five innings for the win, allowing two hits and one run.
At Hill School, softball used a nine-run sixth to break a 4-4 tie and claim a 13-4 victory. Senior Eileen Hennessy was dominant at the dish, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. Soph Grace Stansfield also bagged three ribbies. The win went to Anastasia Lewis, an eighth grader.
Boys lacrosse suffered an 11-7 defeat at Lawrenceville School (NJ). The Quakers never led, but junior Max Hinkle and freshman Gavin Tygh scored seven seconds apart and seniors Colin Bleiler and Drew Gallant (that's Drew, above, leaping to take a shot) scored 59 seconds apart.
At home on Tuesday, varsity baseball and softball posted big victories.
In games played on campus Tuesday in high winds and kinda-chilly temps, with (thankfully) bright sunshine mixed in, baseball earned a 9-0 win over Cheltenham while softball topped Little Flower, 17-8.
Senior righthanders Harrison Timberlake (four innings) and Frank Driscoll handled pitching duties for the boys, combining to throw a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Senior Colin Mattice and two juniors, Brendan Pell and Steve Lorenz, collected two RBI apiece. The first two had two hits and one of Brendan's was a double. Freshman Sammy Siani lashed a triple while Pell and junior Alex Cohen bagged doubles. With S. Siani and senior Kenny Bergmann leading the way with two apiece, the ever-aggressive Quakers registered nine steals.
Junior Brigitte Gutpelet and sophomore Jennifer Locke fueled the girls' win. Gutpelet thumped a double en route to five RBI while Locke went 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Senior Ayanna Matthews crunched a triple. The win went to junior Faith Fenton. PC led, 12-0, after two innings. Though LF scored six runs in the fourth, the Quakers responded with a four-spot to regain full control. Above, that's Emily Zurcher lashing a base hit.
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