Becca Faust came oh-so-close to pitching perfection Friday.
But while she came up just short of a gem, Faust will no doubt savor the no-hitter she twirled for the Spring-Ford softball team in its five-inning 13-0 victory over Pottstown.
A walk was the only thing standing between her and a perfect afternoon.
But it didn't offset an otherwise solid mound showing that saw Faust rack up six strikeouts. She aided her own pitching cause at the plate, with one of four multiple-hit efforts for the Rams (5-0).
Faust was one of four Spring-Ford players to go 2-for-3, joined by Jess Hamdan, Megan Kern and Amber Sergas. She drove in two runs while Gabby Tareila (triple) had three and Jenna Lee added another pair of RBI.
Perkiomen School 5, Haverford School 0: Levi Stoudt was a two-way star for the Panthers, pitching and batting them to a non-league victory over the Fords.
Stoudt fired four-hit ball with eight strikeouts against one walk. He also had a two-run single in the sixth.
Owen J. Roberts 17, Pottsgrove 4: Austin Delgatto figured in on seven of the Wildcats' goals in their PAC-10 victory over the Falcons.
Delgatto hit for a game-high six goals while teammates Sam Garges (three assists) and Jack Colt each had three. Pottsgrove got two goals and one assist from Riley Michaels.
Spring-Ford 20, Phoenixville 2: Jake Hvazda netted four goals and five assists, Josh Gliva had four goals and one assist and Kevin Todd had two goals and four assists as the Rams routed the Phantoms in PAC-10 action. Alex Orcutt, Austin Pecharo and Alec Vagnozzi each had two goals. For Phoenixville, Isaac Levine had both goals.
Spring-Ford 22, Pottsgrove 7: With Kira Gensler figuring on nine of their goals, the Rams rolled over the Falcons in PAC-10 play.
Gensler hit for a game-high six goals while assisting on three others for a Spring-Ford unit that saw another five players score hat tricks. Casey Trimbur, Karly Stevens, Julianna Radzinski, Danielle Rheaume and Briana Cirino all hooked hat tricks.
Cheyenne Owens had three goals to lead Pottsgrove.
Boyertown 19, Pope John Paul II 6: Hannah Jaskuta and Karli Gilbert came up with hat tricks while Haley Wentzel, Alicia Stratten and Emily Gerhart added two goals apiece to head the Bears' PAC-10 victory over the Golden Panthers.
Upper Perkiomen 12, Pennridge 11: Morgan Rynn, Olivia Vogel and Kenzie Gebhart each had three goals and one assists to power the Indians to the non-league victory.Princeton Day 9, Hill School 7: Princeton Day School used a 4-2 second-half scoring edge to break out of a tie with the Blues and pull away for a non-league win.
Elizabeth Sitko had three goals to lead Hill, with Katie Raichle adding two and Courtney Logar one.
Owen J. Roberts 5, Pottsgrove 0: The Wildcats dropped just four games in singles play en route to their shortened PAC-10 victory over the Falcons.
The best individual showing for Owen J. came at first singles, Utkarsh Pandey taking Pottsgrove's Eric Maynard in a pair of 6-0 sets.Perkiomen School 5, Upper Perkiomen 0: Perkiomen swept crosstown rival Upper Perk in a non-league matchup.
Top Perkiomen singles player Larry Li blanked Chandler Carberry 6-0, 6-0, while second singles Michael Puccini also blanked Cooper Wright 6-0, 6-0.Great Valley 7, Methacton 0: The Patriots took five matches in straight sets as they blanked the Warriors in their non-league outing.
The best individual showing for Methacton came at first singles, where Justin Baman extended GV's Charles Swope to a pair of tiebreaker sets. Swope won by scores of 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).
TRACK & FIELD
Downingtown West Invitational: Spring-Ford's boys and girls turned in several strong performances, led by double-winner Brandon Palaia, who took first in the shot (43-5¼) and javelin (163-10).
Also for the Rams boys, Jarred Shoemaker won the 400 (51.95), Paul Power won the 1,600 (4:34.11), Ryan Connolly finished second in the 110 hurdles (15.65) and second in the 300 hurdles (41.17). Spring-Ford won both the 4x400 (4:24.72) and 4x800 (8:04.38) relays.
On the girls side, Chelsea Reynolds won the 400 (50.2) and was second in both the 100 (50.2) and 200 (26.63); Sam DiPietro won the triple jump (34-1½) and was third in the long jump (15-2¾); and Maggie Locke was third in the javelin (93-4). The girls 4x400 relay finished second in 4:24.72.
Indoor Nationals: The Pottstown Seahawks, as always, held their own at the YMCA Indoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. this week.
The highlight of the 2014 indoor championships for the Seahawks swimmers was seeing their veteran coach Kathy Cook being named the Indoor Nationals Coach of the Year.
"I'm just shocked, it's just so surprising and overwhelming,' Cook said, when reached in Greensboro. "There's so many coaches, so many people I have to thank and give credit to. I've been blessed to have a great group of kids, great assistant coaches, and great parent support. It's really an honor.'
Two weeks ago, the Pottstown Seahawks won their first ever Pennsylvania YMCA swimming title.
On Friday, the Seahawks closed out their indoor nationals by setting a team record in the girls 400 free with the foursome of Payton Miles, Taylor Davis, Taylor Cisik and Maddison Marcheskie placed 31st in a time of 3:34.14. Marcheskie also placed 51st in the 100 free in a time of 52.75.
On the boys' side, Vince Filippini was 21st in the 100 free final with a time of 46.2, and Ethan D'Arcangelo swam the 800 in 1:57.95. The 400 free relay team of Sam Feiser, Colin Bauer, Alex McCullough and Filippini went 26th in a time of 3:10.54.Boyertown Navy Seals: The Navy Seals boys placed 17th overall in the nation at the YMCA Indoors Nationals.
On Friday, Ryan Owens placed fifth in the 100 freestyle with a team record 45.25.
Owens then broke that 100 free record, posting a 45.20 as the leadoff swimmer on the Navy Seals' 400 relay (Owens, Will Swiss, Steve Miller, Dylan Lancenese) that also placed fifth and smashed a team record that had stood since 2005, posting a 3:04.15. Matt Leenhouts placed 20th in the 200 IM (1:53.43), Anna Schlegel 21st in the 1,650 (17:24.28), and Ally Rockett 22nd in the 100 free (51.80).
The night before the Navy Seals' girls 200 medley relay (Rockett, Emily Glinecke, Samantha Schlegel, Kaitlyn Floyd) placed 16th with a team record 1:46.02. Glinecke also placed 24th in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.18.
The Navy Seals' boys 200 medley relay (Swiss, Leenhouts, Lancenese, Owens) placed 14th with a team-record 1:34.08. The boys 800 free relay (Leenhouts, Miller, Swiss, Owens) placed 10th with a team-record 6:47.45.