On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 the girls’ varsity softball team ended their 13-2 season by capturing the Friends Schools League (FSL) Championship title with a 2-1 victory over Academy of the New Church (ANC).
“What a game, what a team,” commented Nancy Bernardini girls’ athletics director.
The game went on for nine innings and it was Amber Salazar’s ’19 infield liner that allowed Caitlyn Mihalik ’20 to move from third to home and seal the deal for the Cougars.
“The game belonged to the pitchers,” reported Rick Woelfel of the Bucks County Courier Times. “Conditions were abysmal, heavy rain fell prior to the game and during the first inning. Mihalik struck out twenty-one batters and Murphy fifteen. Conditions were extraordinarily tough for hitters and both pitchers benefited from a strike zone that was pitcher friendly. But both were sharp.”
“It was hard,” Caitlyn told the newspaper. “ANC is a very good team, we played them twice before. It was a tough game every time. With my team behind me it was easier. They were a big part of it.”
Head Coach Terry Scullion was confident in the girls’ abilities when the season began but admits they exceeded his expectations. “I thought we’d be in the playoffs,” he said, “but I wasn’t sure we were there yet. But all year, the girls got better. That was our goal, get better every day.”
The team will travel to The Academy of Notre Dame at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 for the Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament.