Bucks County Herald

Bradley, CB South light up Tennent

DON LEYPOLDT

Central Bucks South swung a two-by-four on Tuesday.

The Titans plated two runs in four different innings in their 8-0 defeat of visiting William Tennent. CB South improved to 3-3 overall and stayed a perfect 3-0 in Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference play.

Catcher Meghan Bradley went 4-for-4 with four RBIs to support batterymate Alexis McConomy, who fired a complete game, four-hit shutout.

“Meghan does a really good job calling pitches,” McConomy credited. “I think we make a good team. We have it in our heads which pitches we want to throw, so that helps when you have a good catcher behind the plate.

“I was hitting more spots today than I had in the past, and then obviously the defense behind us,” she pointed out on Tuesday’s errorless effort. “If we don’t make errors, we’ll make plays and win the game.”

“When Alexis gets ahead of the batters and keeps the ball down like I know she can, and if our defense plays like they know how, then we’re going to be successful,” CB South head coach Kevin Rosini said. “She mixes her pitches well and does a really good job.”

CB South’s 2-3-4-5 hitters of shortstop Alex DeLeon, third baseman Maddi Bieber, first baseman Taylor Marinelli and Bradley combined for 11 of CB South’s 14 hits. Bieber started the scoring with a two-out double in the first and got doubled home by Marinelli, who Bradley singled in.

“I was just trying to make contact and hit the ball hard if it was anywhere around the strike zone,” Bradley said. “All of our teammates were on base and I just tried to bring them in.”

DeLeon singled home centerfielder Alexa Ortman and scored on Bradley’s double in the third. CB South made it 6-0 in the fifth when Marinelli singled home Ortman and McConomy’s safety plated Marinelli.

“I had to adjust because slower pitching is definitely not my forte,” Marinelli admitted. “Usually I move up a little in the box. I sometimes get too anxious, but today I was relaxed.”

Bradley’s two-out single in the sixth scored DeLeon and Bieber. Bieber tallied three hits; DeLeon and Marinelli each rapped out two hits.

McConomy got ahead of hitters and let her defense do the work. She didn’t strike out a Panther until the fifth inning, but then she closed the game fanning five of her last 11 batters.

McConomy yielded no walks.

“For any pitcher in the first, especially when you’re the home team, it is a little nerve-wracking,” McConomy said. “But when your offense comes through, it gives you a lot more confidence in the circle.”

At one point, DeLeon had the putout or assist in four straight outs.

“I’m definitely more confident with my defense than my offense,” the charismatic shortstop grinned. “I liked having balls hit to me and getting to think, ‘Outs, outs, outs.’ ”

CB South’s strength is its offense and the offense’s strength is Saint Joseph’s-signee Marinelli.

She hit a two-run homer in CB South’s prior game, a 5-4 loss to Archbishop Wood on April 12. Marinelli hit two homers in a 12-1 defeat of Pennridge on April 6.

“I try to attack early in the count because once you get down, it gets difficult,” Marinelli described her approach. “If I get down, I think it’s the same pitch, 0-0, and not change anything.”

“Our hitting is what is keeping us moving along,” DeLeon added.

Echoed Rosini, “Our offense is our strength. We’ve been scoring runs all season. Shoring up the defense has been our Achilles’ heel. Today, we played very good defense.”

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