Lowry’s shutout and Pietrzykoski’s homers lead Knights to win


Prasham Jobanputra

Rachel Lowry in the final inning of her complete game shutout.

TOWAMENCIN- The Knights had a busy week as they finished a stretch of four straight games and were 4-0 this week.

“What’s good about this team is that no matter what happens, the weather, long games, this or that, they stay involved and they stay into the game and that’s why we were able to pull off four in a row,” Head Coach Rick Torresani said.

The North Penn Knights (9-0) stayed undefeated by beating the Avon Grove Red Devils (5-6) 5-0.

With this being the final of 4 straight games, the Knights decided to give their regular starting pitcher, Mady Volpe, a little bit of rest and started Rachel Lowry in the circle.  And she made the most of the opportunity as she picked up the win in the complete game shutout.  She allowed 3 hits and no runs while walking 1 and striking out 5.

“I knew my teammates would back me up even if someone got a hit off me but I knew I just had to pitch strikes and hit my spots and I knew if someone hit it, they would be there to back me up because they always are,” Lowry said.

The offense got Lowry a quick 2-0 lead thanks to a 2-RBI single from sophomore CF Carley DiGiuseppe.

“We usually get early leads and it’s really great because it pumps us up and then helps us get through the rest of the game,” Lowry said.

Senior 2B Jordan Pietrzykoski did the rest of the offensive work for the Knights.  She got the Knights a 3-0 lead in the bottom of 3rd off a homerun to center field.  Then in the 5th, she took an 0-2 pitch to left field for a 2-run shot.  Pietrzykoski finished 3-3 with 2 HR, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs.

“Both times, I was just looking to put the ball in play.  I was seeing the ball really well off this pitcher [Lexi Barnhart], so I was just looking to make contact,” Pietrzykoski said.

The Knights will be back in action Monday for a highly anticipated matchup with the CB South Titans.

“We tied with them for the conference championship the last two years, so now we gotta go out there and beat them.  They’re a very good team and we’re excited to go out there and play them.  It’s a game these kids have been looking forward to for a long time, so hopefully we’ll be able to keep playing like this,” Coach Torresani said.