By: Jordan Hirsh
May 11, 2023
FAIRLESS HILLS, PA. – The Pennsbury Falcons (14-2) defeated the Bensalem Owls (3-15), 10-0, on Thursday to extend their lead on 1st place in the Patriot Division.
Pennsbury was able to finish this game in 5 innings, thanks to their 2nd consecutive mercy rule, after knocking off the Truman Tigers, 16-4, on Wednesday.
Pennsbury got the scoring started early. After Presley Foote began the game with a walk, a throwing error on a ground ball back to the pitcher off the bat of Ava Storlazzi allowed Foote to come all the way around to score, and advanced Storlazzi to 3rd. The next batter, Sam Raub, would drive her in with an RBI groundout to short to put the Falcons up 2-0.
The Falcons only added on from there. In the 3rd inning, they struck for 2 more on RBI groundouts off the bats of Naya Schubel and Anna Evanchik.
Next inning, Pennsbury hung a 4 spot up on the board. Presley Foote scored Taylor Askey with an RBI double, followed by a 2 run single by Storlazzi, which plated both Foote and Liv Czerniak. Storlazzi then came around to score 2 batters later on an RBI single by Naya Schubel.
In the 5th, the Falcons put up 2 more runs to reach the mercy rule and end the game. An error at 2nd base, on what could have been an inning ending double play, led to Askey, who doubled earlier in the inning as part of a 3-3 day, coming around to score. 2 batters later, Sam Raub ended the game with an RBI fielder’s choice that plated Czerniak, who just beat the throw to the plate.
On the mound, Laney Freiband only needed 1 of those 10 runs. She pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 7, while only giving up 1 hit and 2 walks.
Pennsbury now has just 3 divisional games remaining on their schedule. As they head down the home stretch of the regular season and into tournament play, Presley Foote knows that the team has to remain disciplined, “[We’re] just gonna work our hardest on the last three games and make sure to focus on playin’ every at bat strong,” said Foote.
Pennsbury will look to continue their winning ways when they take on one of the top teams in Delaware, the Caravel Academy Buccaneers (12-1), on the road on Saturday. As for Bensalem, they will be in action tomorrow when they host St. Hubert Catholic.