2017 PAISAA Softball Champions!
So nice they've done it thrice!
Thanks to pretty much everyone, Penn Charter's softball squad seized its third consecutive state title Wednesday by besting Hill School, 10-5, at Shipley, in the championship game of the PAISAA Tournament.
Coach Doc Mittica's Quakers went 3-0 in the tourney to finish 22-5. Their record over the last three years is 66-9. In Inter-Ac play in 2015 and 2016, PC was the co-champ and then the outright champ.
"After we lost for the second time to Notre Dame this year," Mittica said, "we knew we probably weren't going to win the league. But we did feel we were the best-rounded team in the league – from pitchers to hitters to fielders – and we set what we knew was a realistic goal . . . let's win a third straight states."
Senior Faith Fenton (four innings), junior Ava Nicolucci (one) and frosh Anastasia Lewis (two) divided the pitching duties in this one.
The early going yielded a 3-0 deficit, but senior Brigitte Gutpelet erased it by mashing a three-run homer. A two-run single by soph Abby Quinn put PC ahead for good, at 5-4. Other big hits were provided by Fenton (RBI double for 6-4), junior Chloe Master (RBI single for 7-4) and Quinn again (two-run triple for 10-4).
Aside from Fenton and Gutpelet, PC's other seniors were Abby Cohen and Emily Zurcher.
"I really feel good for the seniors," Mittica said. "They strived to get this three-peat."
In the baseball version of the PAISAA Tournament, PC claimed a 6-3 quarterfinal win over visiting Germantown Academy.
The win went to senior Matt Gorman with help from classmate Brendan "Chooch" Cellucci and junior Mike Siani. With the bases loaded in the seventh, the latter emphatically humped up for two strikeouts to end it.
Senior Joey Lancellotti laced a solo homer to dead left (he had another RBI on a groundout) and senior Adam Holland ripped a run-scoring double to left-center. Other runs were driven in by seniors James Gabor, Brendan Pell (on singles) and Dom Toso (sac fly).
The baseball semis and final will be played Saturday.
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