Hot bats back up Volpe’s shutout in win


Prasham Jobanputra

Coach Torresani talks to his team after an 11-0 win over Souderton.

TOWAMENCIN- The Knights got their season underway in a rainy Monday afternoon game, but the bats seemed like they were already in mid-season form to go along with sophomore, Mady Volpe’s, shutout.

The North Penn Knights (1-0) beat the Souderton Indians (0-1) 11-0 by mercy rule.

“We always want to start out with a win, especially Souderton, who beat us twice last year, so we wanted to come out and beat them,” Coach Rick Torresani stated, as he begins his 19th season as the head coach.

The bats wasted no time as they put up five runs on the board in the bottom of the 1st inning.  The bottom of the frame was highlighted by a two-run homerun from senior 2B Jordan Pietrzykoski.

“I knew V (Victoria Juckniewitz) was on second so I had to do something, I had to bring her in.  I just got the barrel to the ball and it just happen to go out,” Pietrzykoski said.

Another standout bat for the Knights was senior, 1B Elia Namey, who had three RBIs and finished a triple shy of the cycle.  Junior, C Amanda Greaney, also hit a homerun and went 2-3 at the plate.

“They wanted to come out and show that they could hit and Jordan came out and hit the homerun and Amanda.  They are ready, they are excited, they know what the possibilities are with what they can do this year, and they just wanna go out and do it,” Coach Torresani said.

With the offense scoring five runs in the first inning, and eleven by the end of the game, Volpe was able to settle in and shut the Indians down.  Volpe had a complete game three-hit shutout to go along with eight strikeouts and two, one-two-three innings.

“I’m just really excited about the season and how strong we came out as a team, especially with the weather conditions, it was great to come out with a boom,” Volpe said.

And the defense was stellar as they did not commit any errors to back up their pitcher and earn the W.  The Knights will pack their bags now and head for the airport Wednesday as they travel to Orlando, Florida to participate in a few games at Disney World.

“We’re playing a good team from Dallas in a doubleheader so we wanna go out there and play hard like we did today.  We wanna get to some good weather and just practice, practice, practice,” Coach Torresani said.