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SOL/BAL team wins Carpenter Cup


Pennridge sophomore Madison Silber already is anxious to try out for the Suburban One League/Bicentennial Athletic League (SOL/BAL) Carpenter Cup softball team next year.

However, she does plan to relish the experience from her recent team’s title.

The SOL/BAL entry blanked Jersey Shore, 11-0, in five innings to capture the 15th annual Phillies Carpenter Cup championship at FDR Park in Philadelphia June 24.

It was the second team title for SOL/BAL and its first since 2012. Five days earlier, it had jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings until rain suspended play.

“Winning was amazing,” said Silber, who had a double with an RBI. “It was special because we won 11-0 in just five innings.

“It was such a relief because we picked up right where we left off Wednesday. Waiting to finish was difficult, but I was very honored to be part of the whole process.”

Along with Silber, other local players were teammate Gianna Iadonisi, Quakertown junior Halle Frederick and freshman LauraRose Morelock, and Central Bucks South junior Tara Tumasz.

“I got my hit in the first part of the game a few days ago, and I didn’t hit after we were winning 8-0,” Silber added. “But it was just great being here and I was very honored. I made some friendships, and also gained some knowledge from the coaches.”

“I can’t wait to try out for next year’s team.”

After posting a 1-1-1 record on its first day of competition, SOL/BAL downed defending champion Delaware North, 6-4, and then blanked Delaware South, 10-0, to advance to the championship game.

Against Jersey Shore, SOL/BAL added three runs in the top of the third to take control at 11-0.

It was an overall complete effort that led the team to the title.

“We were very consistent offensively and defensively,” said head coach Heather Boyer, who is the head coach at Upper Dublin. “We didn’t give any team many free passes. Our errors and walks were very minimal.

“We took advantage of certain situations, and good things happened to us.”

Morelock, who saw some time in the outfield in the finale, cherished a timeless moment. She also is looking forward to being present when the team is honored at a Phillies game July 15.

“It was awesome to see everyone smile and laugh,” she said. “Winning the Carpenter Cup is one thing, but winning as a freshman is another. I can’t wait for the Phillies game July 15, so I can spend more time with the team before the next school year begins.”