Season ends for WHS girls, seniors
The softball season ended on Monday for Whitehall, losing to Spring-Ford High School in the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 6A playoffs at Boyertown High School.
The Zephyrs drew the Rams in the PIAA opener. They were the District 1 champs and were entering the game with a gaudy 21-0 record. They were a verifiable juggernaut, outscoring their opponents 43-3 in their last six games.
So it wasn’t going to be any easy task for Whitehall (21-4) to defeat the Rams who only allowed one run in four games on their way to a district championship. They blanked Neshaminy High School 5-0 in the championship game.
Still, head coach Blake Morgan has been through these postseason battles before and knows that every game is different, and Monday could have been a chance for his team to send the Rams packing.
But Spring-Ford got on the board early when Madison Peck homered to put them up 1-0. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Madi Walsh added another run for Spring Ford in the third, making it 2-0.
The Rams padded their lead with two more runs in the fourth, and then erupted for six runs in the fifth inning, ending the game with the 10-0 victory.
Rams starting pitcher Jules Scogna didn’t make it easy at the plate for Whitehall hitters, surrendering just two singles, one to Abby Vivian in the fourth, and the other to Abbey Reese in the fifth inning.
Morgan noted that Spring-Ford is a tremendous team that played exceptionally well. However, any team can be defeated and he felt that they had to play as mistake-free as possible to advance.
“We didn’t do anything to help ourselves,” he said.
He also praised the performance of starting pitcher Madison Cunningham, saying how hard she competed, how hard she fought.
“I can’t say enough good things about her performance,” said Morgan.
He said that the senior hurler, whose been a mainstay in the circle for the Zephyrs since her freshman season in 2018, put in a heck of an effort.
Cunningham, along with her fellow seniors, Meghan Hutter, Lindsey Gawrys, Reese, Vivian, Kendra Fox and Briane Aquila played their final game together, ending a memorable three years for that stellar class.