The Quakertown softball team made its state tournament debut on Monday.
It was a pretty impressive first effort.
The Panthers took just five innings to defeat St. Hubert, 12-0, in a PIAA Class 6A opening round game at Archbishop Ryan’s Andy Hafele Memorial Field.
Quakertown threw the gauntlet right away, getting four runs in the top of the first inning highlighted by a pair of RBI singles by Syd Andrews and Grace Baker.
The Panthers had a five-run explosion in the third inning, capped by Ava Beal’s three-run ground rule double, an RBI single by Cadence Lewis and Emma Hilton’s RBI sacrifice fly.
A solo home run in the fourth inning by Baker and an RBI double by Andrews in the fifth helped cap off the day for the Panthers.
“I felt like we really made a statement,” Baker said. “This is our first time here and I think we impressed everyone. We showed that we belong here.
“I’m a sophomore but it’s really my first year because of the pandemic, and that’s really crazy. I don’t think anyone expected us to get this far. We have four starting freshmen and they’re amazing. They always pull through, everyone on our team always pulls through.”
When Baker’s homer went over the center field fence, her name went down in Quakertown history as the first person to hit a home run at states.
“That’s pretty cool,” she said.
Andrews, a junior, tossed a one-hitter, striking out 12 and not issuing a walk, facing just one batter over the minimum.
“It’s very exciting to get to states and be the first team in school history to get here,” Andrews said. “The fact that we have so many younger players and we’re still making all this happen is very exciting as well. I think we felt pretty confident. We’ve been playing pretty well and we thought if we just played the way we always did then we’d be fine, and we were.