Shutout and clutch hitting send Knights to Finals


Prasham Jobanputra

The Knights celebrate their win in the semifinals.

TOWAMENCIN- This postseason it has been the same formula for the Knights, stellar defense, good pitching, and timely hitting, and they have ridden the formula into the district finals game.

“We’re going to the ship.  That’s what we worked so hard to get to.  It’s number two on our goals, the girls played well today.  It was typical playoff softball,” Head Coach Rick Torresani said.

The North Penn Knights (21-1) beat the Pennsbury Falcons (18-3) 4-0 in a game that started during the school day on a Wednesday afternoon.

It was a pitching battle through the first 4 and a half innings as no runs were scored.  Pennsbury’s Ainsley McClure pitched well until the 5th, but took the loss.  Mady Volpe got the complete game shutout by striking out 10 and allowing only 1 hit.

“I knew eventually we were gonna have to score because I had to keep my pitching going and I was really confident with everything, so I knew the bats would come through eventually,” Volpe said.

The Knights finally got the clutch hit they needed in the bottom of the 5th, and they looked no further than their star second baseman, who finished the regular season with a .483 batting average.  Jordan Pietrzykoski stepped up to the plate and hit a single up the middle to score Sophia Collins for the first run of the game.

“I know that my team works really hard to get on base and I kinda just do everything I can to put the ball in play and give them a chance to score,” Pietrzykoski said.

This was also Pietrzykoski’s 100th career hit at North Penn.

“To me, it’s just a really great way to end my North Penn softball career.  It’s awesome to see all the work pay off,” Pietrzykoski said on what her 100th hit meant to her.

The Knights did not stop there.  Victoria Juckniewitz scored off an error by Pennsbury’s Caitlyn Martell and that was followed by Pietrzykoski scoring on a wild pitch.  Jamie Beer drove in the last run of the inning with a single that scored Gianna Costello, who was courtesy running for Amanda Greaney.  The Knights were six outs away for a trip to the championship game and held the 4-0 lead.

The Knights got to the 7th with the same lead and after two fly balls that were caught by right fielder Carley DiGiuseppe, the Knights were one out away.  Volpe delivered a 1-1 riseball that Riley Mahony popped up and Juckniewitz caught as the Knights advanced.

The Knights will have to rest up fast as they face the Downingtown West Whippets at 2:00 tomorrow at Immaculata University for the district title.

“It’s a quick turnover.  We gotta get ready, we don’t have a day off, so I told them to go home, get in air condition, relax, eat something and then we move on,” Coach Torresani said on his message to the team.