Softball team remains perfect
The Lady Trojan softball team has kept its record spotless through 13 games this season as it enters the home stretch. The team has already wrapped up an LVC and district playoff berth and is honing in on a division title.
Because of rainouts, Parkland played back-to-back games against different opponents last weekend, but came through the doubleheader in great shape with a 7-0 win over Wilson West Lawn and a 9-0 win over Interboro. Coach Barry Search switched his lineup around a little because of the two games, but pushed all the right buttons.
Against Wilson West Lawn, Morgan Rentzheimer allowed just one hit - a sixth inning triple - and walked two in throwing the shutout.
"Her fastballs were really on point today, her change-ups were phenomenal and her two-seam was working really well and breaking really hard," said junior catcher Sydney Stibitz.
Rentzheimer gave up a leadoff walk to Wilson's Kelly Ebner to start the seventh. Ebner quickly stole second, but Stibitz didn't let her stay there too long. As Ebner looked to increase her lead, Stibitz fired a strike to second baseman Kelly Gruber to pick off the runner. From there, Rentzheimer notched her 13th strikeout of the game when she fanned Kasey Hudzik and then got Heather Baum to ground out to third to end the game.
"I kept an eye on her and she was getting out pretty far and I was able to get her," said a humble Stibitz, who bides her time waiting for a chance to catch because of the presence of senior Jordy Augustus. "It's really nice to get my chance whenever I can and whenever I get back there. I just have to do my thing."
Augustus got the game against Wilson off to a fast start with a leadoff triple and later scored on a single from Madi Marshall, who had a big day with three hits, a run scored and two RBI.
Parkland blew the game open with a fiv-run third inning that started with Wilson's Ebner getting the first two outs before giving up a triple to Courtney Miller. From there, the hits - and two walks - just kept on coming. Marshall drove in Miller with a single and Emma Varrato and Rentzheimer followed with singles of their own, with Rentzheimer's single driving home Marshall. Walks to Stibitz and Sam Pickar set up a two-run single from Taylor Knappenberger that capped the inning for the Lady Trojans.
An insurance run came in the fifth inning when pinch-hitter Amanda LaCesa singled to drive in Stibitz, who opened the inning with a double. Parkland had runners on first and second with two outs in the sixth, but Ebner was able to work out of the jam.
Parkland is scheduled to play Central Catholic (1-8, 1-10) before wrapping up the season against all three division foes, with a game at Nazareth (6-4, 10-4), their last regular season home game against Northampton (8-2, 12-2) and the regular season finale at Whitehall (2-7, 6-7).