HTSL's 2014 Softball Season Ends
Haverford Township Softball League's fourth consecutive Fall Ball season is in the books! Fifty-six girls ages 13-17 representing ten different area high schools and middle schools participated. The weather cooperated, and the softball was spectacular!
2014 was an extremely successful year for HTSL—in addition to our fall-ball season, our spring league had 100 players competing in a 7-team league, culminating in an exciting playoff run (see game write-ups below).
Registration for HTSL's 11th spring season will open in January. See you in 2015!
CYCLONE ARE 2014 HTSL CHAMPIONS!
Back row (L to R): Head Coach Dave Spadaro, Assistant Coaches Pete Groeneveld & Mike Apple. Middle Row: Julia Spadaro, Courtney Apple, Audrey Ellison, Anna Steinberg, Sonia Groeneveld, Sarah McGoldrick, Kyra Waldron, Ava Rosini. Front Row: Sidney Manthorpe, Natalie Casterioto, Meghan Luke, Alexis Christake, Natalie Fleming, Caitlin Weir.
2014 Playoff Game Reports
June 17Cyclone 4, Lightning 1. No-hit through 4 innings by Gabrielle Gentile and Madison Lane, the Cyclone came from one run down to plate four in the bottom of the 5th inning, with Natalie Casterioto hitting a 2-out, bases-clearing RBI double to put the Cyclone on top for good. Sonia Groeneveld went the distance on the mound, backed by fantastic defense from the entire team. The Cyclone cap their 13-2-1 season as league champs!
June 15Lightning 6, Heat 4. In a tight, back and forth Father's Day playoff game the Lightning were able to hold off the Heat to advance to the Championship game. Carmela Falotico and Gabrielle Gentile combined to throw 7 great innings of softball for the Lightning. In a great 1st inning highlighted by Jen Pennoni's 2-run double the Lightning were able to jump out to a 4-1 lead. Christi Cuozzo and Elaina McCormick stopped some extra-base hits from occurring with some great defense in the outfield. The Heat never quit and Jess Epstein and Jenna Boyle kept the Lightning quiet for a few innings in the middle of the game to keep it close throughout. Brooke Marchesani had a great game at the plate going 4 for 4 with a triple and a run scored. Amira Gallagher added in with an RBI double to bring the score back to within one run, before the game finally ended in a 6-4 Lightning victory.
June 14Heat 10, Storm 2. Brooke Marchesani went 3-for-4 with a double and 5 RBIs to help the HEAT advance in the playoffs.
Heat 9, Tornado 3. Madison Joseph (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Alyssa Alessi (3-for-4, 3 runs scored) helped the HEAT take the next step into the playoffs. The HEAT defense was awesome in this one!
June 13Cyclone 7, Lightning 1. A 5-run seventh inning broke open a close game and pushed the Cyclone into the Championship Round of the playoffs. Meghan Luke hit a 2-RBI triple, Caitlyn Weir contributed a big walk, and Sidney Manthorpe knocked in a run with a single to left field. Audrey Ellison threw out three runners from the behind the plate, and Natalie Casterioto and Alexis Christake knocked in runs to stake the Cyclone to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Meanwhile Julia Spadaro pitched lights-out! The Lightning threatened in the fifth inning and played a fine game, with excellent pitching by Gabrielle Gentile.
June 11Storm 15, Hurricane 5. Lindsay Moran, Shannon Finegan, Katelyn Hagan, and Sophie Santori led the return of the Storm offense. Casey Rafferty gets the win as she pitched a solid 5 innings, with only 2 walks. Sam Ofria was solid defensively--the Hurricane catcher threw out two Storm runners.
Tornado 4, Blizzard 3. Ali Murphy (Tornado) and Carolyn Spellacy (Blizzard) battled all game in a tight pitching duel. Down 3-1 in the top of the 7th inning, the Tornado mounted a dramatic comeback, sparked by Ali Murphy's leadoff triple and hits by Brenna McCandless and Sheila O'Donnell, scoring 3 key runs. An Olivia Bartholomew double in the bottom of the 7th put the Blizzard in a 2nd-and-3rd, 1-out position, but a brilliant double play from McCandless to Sherman to Murphy to O'Donnell ended the game.
June 10Cyclone 2, Blizzard 1. Sonia Groeneveld outdueled the combination of Olivia Bartholomew and Caroline Spellacy as the Cyclone prevailed in this well-played game. A two-run first inning, keyed by RBI from Anna Steinberg and Natalie Fleming, was all Groeneveld needed in a dominating complete-game performance.
Lightning 4, Heat 3. A tense back-and-forth battle with strong pitching from Gabrielle Gentile and Madison Lane for the Lightning, matched by Jess Epstein and Jenna Boyle for the Heat. Phenomenal defense on both sides in this fast-paced game. Christi Cuozzo hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to end the game in dramatic fashion.
June 8Heat 11, Tornado 4. Heat had the offense going with the help of Breanna McDermott (3-for-3 with 3 RBIs) and Eliza Herrenkohl. Tornado's Lyndsey Diebel had a monster shot to center field in the 4th.
Blizzard 4, Hurricane 2. In a beautifully played game by both teams the Blizzard prevailed behind outstanding pitching by Olivia Bartholomew, who scattered 10 hits over 7 innings, and the bats of Alexandra Quinn, Hayley Bonhage, and Killeen McCans, who each went 3 for 4. Defensively both teams were outstanding—the play of the night came from shortstop Julia Quinn with a big double play to stop the momentum the Hurricane were building. The Hurricane were led by great pitching by Allison Martin and Kaitlyn Martin.
Cyclone 12, Storm 3. Some clutch hitting by Sarah McGoldrick and Audrey Ellison backed outstanding pitching from Julia Spadaro and Sonia Groeneveld, as the Cyclone emerged with the victory. Theresa Young delivered a clutch hit for the Storm, and Abbey Romano pitched well.