Details: Track, Baseball, Softball and Lacrosse
Judging by performances this weekend in the Penn Relays, held at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania's campus, Penn Charter's boys track program is on the make-noise doorstep.
Though no seniors were part of the quartet, the Quakers placed third in the 4x400 relay for Inter-Ac schools with a time of 3 minutes, 32.62 seconds. The runners (all juniors) were Dylan Burnett, Conrad Williams, Jay Jennings and Akeem Blake. Williams posted the best split at 51.40.
Competing in the 4x100 relay for private and charter middle schools, the Quakers took second in 49.41, just six-tenths of a second behind the winner. Those runners were Akeel Blake (Akeem's brother), Isaiah Maier, Justice Williams and Marcellus Poland. Justice is a seventh grader. The others are eighth graders.
After starting the Inter-Ac campaign with a 1-4 record, varsity baseball could have faded away. The guys declined that option. With gusto. Friday, the Quakers hosted 4-1 Episcopal Academy and rolled to an 8-1 victory.
Seniors Santino Primerano (lefty, 4 2/3 innings) and Frank Driscoll (righty) did the pitching and combined to issue not even one walk. The highlights on offense were three-run outbursts in the fourth and fifth. Juniors Steve Lorenz and Matt Gorman smoked RBI doubles, Senior Colin Mattice contributed two RBI singles and freshman Sammy Siani reached base four times (two hits/walks).
Varsity softball continued its dominance, using an 11-1, five-inning win over visiting SCH Academy to raise its overall record to 11-0 and its Inter-Ac mark to 6-0. Junior Faith Fenton (8-0) went the distance. She permitted two hits and the run scored against her was unearned. Junior Brigitte Gutpelet went 3-for-3 with a triple and four runs scored while soph Grace Stansfield (four RBI) and senior Eileen Hennessy laced two doubles apiece.
Girls varsity lacrosse doubled up visiting SCH Academy, 12-6. Junior Macaul Mellor was the headliner, scoring five goals and winning six draws. The numbers for senior Hannah Fox were three/two in those categories. Sophomore Alexis Joseph (two), junior Courtney Cubbin and soph Greer Guyer (one apiece) completed the scoring. Eighth grader Hayley Hunt made five saves.
In a night game, boys lacrosse fell at Episcopal Academy, 8-7. Soph Blake Target led the Quakers with three goals and senior Sean McKee made 13 saves. PC called a timeout with roughly 15 seconds remaining to set up a final play. A turnover followed.
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