Knights beat Rams and improve to 11-0


Prasham Jobanputra

Pitcher Mady Volpe delivers a pitch.

TOWAMENCIN- The Knights came into the battle with the Rams undefeated and left the game still undefeated for the season.

“The motivation I keep telling these girls is to go a game at a time.  Everybody is gonna give us their A game.  They’re really gonna try and beat you.  And if you start looking ahead and say ‘okay we’re gonna go undefeated’ that’s when we get the loss,” Head Coach Rick Torresani said.

The North Penn Knights (11-0) beat the Pennridge Rams (6-4) 7-1 in a Wednesday afternoon game at North Penn High School.

Sophomore P Mady Volpe got off to a quick start as she struck out the side on 13 pitches in the top of the 1st inning.  Volpe picked up the complete game win as she allowed 1 run on 9 hits while striking out 12 and walking 1.

“My rise ball and my changeup.  We worked a lot of changeups more today but I was really confident with those two pitches,” Volpe said as she explained what was working well for her in the circle.

Junior C Amanda Greaney got the first run of the game on the board with a sac fly to score junior Victoria Juckniewitz.  Senior 3B Jamie Beer also hit a sac fly to score senior 2B Jordan Pietrzykoski.  The Knights then improved the 1st inning 2-0 lead to 4-0 after the bottom of the 2nd.  Both runs came off a double from Pietrzykoski.

In the top of the 3rd inning, the Rams got their lone run of the game off a solo home run to center field from Mackenzie Owens.

The Knights got their final three runs of the game in the bottom of third.  Volpe hit a single to score senior 1B Elia Namey.  Then, junior Abbey Picozzi brought in Beer with an RBI groundout, which was followed by an RBI single from junior Gianna Costello.

The Knights were able to work the base loaded in the bottom of the 4th and 6th, but both times, P Makenna Patterson worked out of it without allowing a run.  A similar occurrence happened in the top of the 5th when the Rams had the base loaded and no outs.  Volpe worked out of the jam however by striking out the next three batters.

“Just staying relaxed and focusing on my pitches, trusting in them, and Amanda and I got each other’s back,” Volpe said on how she worked out of the inning.

The Knights will have a little bit of break now before playing the Souderton Indians Tuesday, the 23rd, on the road.

“I think these kids need a break.  We had four games in a row and then we had South, which is a huge game, and they just need a little bit of a break.  I’m gonna give them three days off and come back Monday morning and practice for Souderton.  I think they just need to get away for a little while, go with their friends and enjoy themselves and come back refreshed,” Coach Torresani said.