FAIRLESS HILLS » A very unusual four-year title drought for the powerhouse Pennsbury High School softball program is over and the Falcons ended it May 9 in totally convincing style.
The only team in the area that has still yet to be beaten this year, Pennsbury (14-0) made sure it could do no worse than tie for a Suburban One National championship by run ruling Truman, 13-3.
The way it works now is both Pennsbury and Neshaminy have only one league game remaining and that is against each other on Tuesday night in Bristol. Neshaminy’s only league loss was to Pennsbury and it can earn a share of the title by beating its arch rival in the second half of Tuesday’s double header.
The first game of the night, of course, will be Truman against Bristol. At this point it looks like Truman (8-10) will be in a do-or-die situation against Bristol in terms of qualifying for the District 1 Class 6A playoffs.
Earning its first league title since 2014 in a year in which it shared it with William Tennent, Pennsbury came out swinging with 16 hits against three Truman pitchers. After scoring just one run in the first two innings, Pennsbury scored four in each of the next three innings with the heart of its lineup going bonkers.
Pennsbury’s No. 2 batter Carley Parson was 3-for-4, scored four runs and drove in a run with a single in the fourth inning.
No. 3 batter Casey Glynn was 4-for-4 with four RBIs. By the time her day was finished, Glynn had launched a three-run homer to center in the third inning and also doubled home a run in the fourth.
Hitting in the clean-up spot after belting two homeruns earlier in the week, Karli Haines had two hits, including a two run single in the fifth.
And Pennsbury’s outstanding freshman shortstop and No. 5 batter Caitlyn Martell also got in on the fun with three hits. One of them was a homer to center in the third and another was a two-run single in the fourth as she and Glynn each ended up with four RBIs.
The end of the game came in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Liz Pingor to make a winner out of pitcher Ainsley McClure. Just a freshman, McClure is now 14-0 after scattering nine hits and striking out four.
“Our girls came to play; they really swung the bats well,” said Pennsbury coach Frank McSherry. “I mean they just beat a good team that scored 19 runs on Bensalem.”
The first time these two met Pennsbury squeaked past Truman by just one run. The Tigers did get two hits from Chrissy Huhn and Grace Pool this time around, but it wasn’t nearly enough to match the firepower Pennsbury unleashed on its JV field with the varsity field unplayable because of rain.
Pennsbury was back in action Friday against Hatboro-Horsham when it attempted to end a two-game losing streak against the Hatters. The quest fell one short as Pennsbury lost 5-4. But it had already ended the streak it wanted to halt most of all.
“It has been a dry spell,” said McSherry.
For most programs a four year gap would be no big deal. It’s a whole different story at Pennsbury, which at one point won a mind-numbing 37 district games in a row.
Truman (8-10) 000 21 — 3 9 0 Pennsbury(14-0) 10444—13160
WP-McClure. LP-Carter. 2B-Olivero (T), Capriotti (P), Glynn (P). HR-Martell (P), Glynn. RBIs: T-Pool, McKeon. P-Parsons, Glynn 4, Haines 2, Martell 4