DiGiuseppe delivers walk-off double


Prasham Jobanputra

The Knights celebrate around Carley DiGiuseppe after her walk-off hit.

TOWAMENCIN- Two games in two days, two walk-offs, and two wins for Knights Softball after Friday afternoon’s win.

The North Penn Knights (15-0) beat the Hatboro-Horsham Hatters (10-5) 1-0 to remain undefeated and for the second game in a row, they won via a walk-off hit.

“It was amazing. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced,” sophomore Carley DiGiuseppe said with a smile after her big game.

It was a pitching battle again in the circle.  Kendall Leitner for the Hatters pitched 6.2 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8.  As for the Knights, Sophomore Mady Volpe struck out 10 in her complete game shutout as she allowed 6 hits and 2 walks.

“My focus pitching was just dominating and I know Coach and I talked about pitch calling and Amanda did with us too and really just knowing that I’m the best pitcher here and I just gotta be confident in myself and confident with my pitches,” Volpe said.

Volpe got into some trouble in the top of 3rd, as the bases were loaded with 2 outs.  Marissa Rapino came up to bat and Volpe struck her out on 4 pitches to end the inning and work out of the jam.

The game entered the 7th inning still tied at 0-0.  Volpe made sure it stayed that way until the bottom half of the inning as she got the 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 7th.  Then it was clutch time for the Knights.  Senior 1B Elia Namey led off the inning with single and senior 3B Jamie Beer bunted her over to 2nd.  Lizzy Stark then came in to pinch-run for Namey.  After Volpe popped out to the shortstop, DiGiuseppe came up to bat.  On the 1-1 pitch, DiGiuseppe got ahold of one and sent it into the right-center gap to score Stark as the Knights walked it off on the double.

“Yesterday I didn’t have that good of a game but I came here with a new mindset, a better one.  I was nervous, not gonna lie about that, but I heard my teammates in the background.  I knew I had to do it for them so I came through and did it for them,” DiGiuseppe said.

The Knights’ next game will be Tuesday against CB West at home.

“It’s senior day so that’s always big and we’ll be looking forward to that and hopefully we’ll be able to clinch the continental conference,” Head Coach Rick Torresani said.