Bucks County Herald


Battery fuels Pennridge win on Senior Night


Kailyn Bell was locked in all Friday night.

The Pennridge senior pitcher was locked in when she snared a first-inning Abington rocket, turning a sure single into a double play.

And Dayton-signee Bell sure was locked in when she returned to the circle after taking a liner off of her mask. She finished the Rams’ 7-2 Senior Night win.

“I got back on the bench, they gave me an ice pack and I said, ‘Coach, I’m going in next inning.’ She said, ‘All right,’ ” Bell smiled.

“Oh my goodness, I’m still having heart trouble,” Pennridge head coach Carol Atkinson exclaimed after the game. “She wanted to go back in right after and I made her sit. But she is a tough kid and a good kid.”

“Aside from she came back from taking a ball off of her head?” asked catcher Skylar Hengeveld, a Kean commit. “Kailyn has always been a great pitcher. I’ve been catching her forever and she always comes back. She never has her head down. She is that person in the circle who you always look up to.”

Hengeveld boomed a two-run home run to put the Rams up 2-1 in the third.

“It felt good. I think it is something the whole team needed, honestly, because we’ve been down on ourselves lately,” Hengeveld admitted.

Both teams carried six-game losing streaks into the contest. Further frustrating Pennridge was that three of those losses were by just one run.

Abington tied it at 2 with an unearned run in the fourth; Pennridge’s Kiley Watson rapped a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth.

Morgan Henry walked to lead off Pennridge’s sixth, went to third on Hengeveld’s double and scored on Bell’s bunt. Hengeveld scored on a wild pitch and Gianna Iadonisi doubled home Bell for the Rams’ seventh run.

“That’s our M.O.,” said Henry, who had three of Pennridge’s 10 hits. “We don’t usually get hyped enough until the sixth inning – and then everyone starts ripping the ball. We were amped up because we weren’t winning that much and now, on Senior Night, everyone wanted to win.”

Bell got defensive help in the seventh when centerfielder Sara Sztenderowicz made a beautiful running grab to record Abington’s second out.

“We, as a team, pick each other up,” Hengeveld observed. “We were able to calm down after warm-ups and come into this game level-headed. Nothing was really standing in our way, other than ourselves.”

Pennridge is on the bubble to make the District One Class AAAAAA playoffs. The Rams stood at 7-9 overall and 3-7 in the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental through Tuesday.

As Bell winds down her Pennridge career, she gives her teammates an example of being Ram tough.

“That’s kind of how I operate, but I think it was a little more special tonight,” Bell felt.

“All of our family and friends [came] out tonight. We all wanted to get a win for them, as well.”



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