As she does with her pitching, Central Bucks South's Pam DelPizzo tries to keep hitting as simple as possible.
"If I see a pitch I like, I go for it," she said. "I just go up there looking to hit the ball as hard as possible."
DelPizzo, a senior righthanded hurler and leftfielder, has been a spark plug for South's improved softball squad. "I think she's the complete package," Titans coach Jennifer Kratowicz said.
With DelPizzo batting about .400 from the cleanup spot and providing quality pitching, South is 11-6 overall and 9-3 in the Suburban One League National Conference.
On Thursday, the host Titans upset National Conference rival Pennsbury, 2-1. The first-place Falcons, 15-3 overall, are ranked No. 3 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer.
"I think that was the best win for us in my three varsity seasons," DelPizzo said. "We really worked hard as a team and came through."
Earlier this month, in a win against Neshaminy, the 5-foot-7 DelPizzo fired a five-inning no-hitter. She usually mixes six pitches: fastball, curveball, screwball, change-up, rise and drop.
"I've gotten faster over the last year or two," she said. "But it's really about location - making the pitches move and getting good spin on the ball."
DelPizzo is headed for Elon, which competes in the Southern Conference and went 28-32 overall this season. She trains with Dan DeMarco, a pitching coach based in Reading. She works on her balance, hip position and stride, among other things.
"I give Dan a lot of credit for my scholarship," she said. "He really turned me into a Division I pitcher."
For hitting, DelPizzo trains with Rob Maida at Frozen Ropes Training Center in Tinton Falls, N.J. Last season, she finished with a .449 batting average.
DelPizzo, who lives in Warrington, plays club ball for Tuff-N-Tuffer. Her teammates include three other C.B. South players: pitcher/leftfielder Ali Henry, third baseman Meri Morris and shortstop Jess Hirschbuhl.
DelPizzo also had scholarship offers from Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth. Last year, while visiting friend Patti Weber, a sophomore third baseman/leftfielder for Elon, she checked out the school and softball team.
"I fell in love with the campus and the girls on the team," the 18-year-old-said. "Everything just kind of seemed to fit."
DelPizzo plans to study exercise science. "I'm pretty active, so I don't want a desk job," she said. "I want to be up and about, moving around all day."
No quit in Wolverines. Despite rumors to the contrary, Kennedy-Kenrick coach John Bilella said the Wolverines will finish out the season.
On Thursday, Kennedy-Kenrick forfeited its game against Conwell-Egan, a rival in the Catholic League Northern Division.
"It was something that happened internally at the school," Bilella said. "A couple of girls on the team were reprimanded and not allowed to play.
"The school administrators thought it was a team thing and that everybody had to pay. That's why the game against Conwell-Egan was canceled. I have no problem with it, I really don't. You have to teach values first."
The fifth-place Wolverines (5-6 in the division) close the regular season Wednesday at fourth-place Archbishop Wood (6-5). If Kennedy-Kenrick wins, there would be a playoff game for fourth place.
Extra bases. Sun Valley has been led on offense by catcher Nicole DiVirgilio (.534 batting average, 15 RBIs, 2 HRs) and rightfielder Nicole Pantle (.500, 24 RBIs, 4 HRs). . . . On Thursday, a stellar seventh-inning relay play helped St. Hubert secure a 2-1 win at Archbishop Ryan. After a blast went over leftfielder Gina Sciarrone's head, Sciarrone, shortsop Carly Sippel, third baseman Melissa Robinson and catcher Mariellen Medernach combined to gun down a baserunner at home. . . . Before Saturday's 2-1 loss at Archbishop Prendergast, shortstop Amanda Centonze and second baseman Christine Schlichter were hitting .538 and .425, respectively, for Garnet Valley. Sophomore pitcher Courtney Spina had a 1.11 ERA with 182 Ks. . . . Norristown second baseman Ashley McCarthy has committed to play at Arcadia. . . . Harry S Truman's Ashley Lindenberger is batting .320. . . . Strath Haven's Tish Carney notched her 300th career strikeout last week. . . . Central's Alyssa Williams and Sarah Jones have each belted seven HRs.