Pietrzykoski walks it off for Knights


Prasham Jobanputra

The Knights celebrate with Jordan Pietrzykoski after her walk-off hit.

TOWAMENCIN- The Knights have had a high-powered offense all year but for this game, it took only 2 runs and some clutch hitting to get the job done, even if it was a little closer than they would have liked.

The North Penn Knights (14-0) beat the Quakertown Panthers (8-7) 2-1, in a hot spring Thursday afternoon at North Penn High School.

“[Quakertown] always plays us tough and they played us tough at their place and we knew coming in it was gonna be a good game,” Head Coach Rick Torresani said.

The Knights got an important first inning lead off of senior 3B Jamie Beer’s single to score junior SS Victoria Juckniewitz.  This allowed sophomore Mady Volpe to settle in and keep the Panthers to only one run.  She finished with 4 strikeouts and only allowed 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks in 7 innings of work.

But Quakertown’s Tori Caputo was also dealing in the circle.  She allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 1 in 6.1 innings.

The Panthers got their lone run of the game in the top of the 4th inning.  Sarah Stofik got on base to lead off the inning with a single and one batter later, 1B Maddie Moyer hit a double to score Stofik and tie the game.

Both teams had a stagnant offense as the pitching duel kept going.  In the bottom of the 4th, Jordan Pietrzykoski made a heads up play on the field as she caught a liner and then dove for second base for the unassisted double play to end the inning.

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, Juckniewitz was hit by the pitch and was awarded first base.  Pietrzykoski was up next and came up clutch again, this time with a bat instead of a glove.  She hit the ball nearly out of the ballpark but just over the center fielder as Juckniewitz went from first to home to end the game.

“So me and V[ictoria Juckniewitz], we have a little superstition where every time she gets hit by a pitch, I follow up with a hit so I was going in with a little bit of confidence, little of bit of swagger, and just made it happen,” Pietrzykoski said.

The Knights will be back in action tomorrow against the Hatboro-Horsham Hatters.

“Hatboro is a big game for us, they are 10-4 I believe and it’s a lot of points for us and it’s a little bit of rivalry I mean we play them every year. Now it’s a non-league game but we play them every year and it’ll be a good match and they are a good team so we’ll see if we can come back and get our bats on the ball and see if we can score some runs,” Coach Torresani said.