Amanda Sadowl could have griped about the lack of offensive support she received in Hatboro-Horsham's recent District 1 championship softball matchup against Owen J. Roberts. The Hatters went scoreless through nine innings and lost that game by four runs.
In yesterday's rematch, Sadowl had no such complaints. The Hatters totaled 15 hits, with all but one of their nine batters reaching base at least twice, and clobbered the error-prone Wildcats, 12-3, in a PIAA Class AAAA state semifinal playoff at sweltering Spring-Ford.
"Our bats came out firing today," Sadowl said. "As a pitcher, you can't ask for anything more than that. They made it easy for me."
Sadowl, a senior righthander headed for Mount St. Mary's (Md.), struck out nine in the game, and, over the last four innings, she pitched three-hit shutout ball. In the top of the first, after Roberts opened with three consecutive singles, she escaped a bases-loaded jam with three straight Ks.
"I knew she was going to have a great game," Hatboro-Horsham coach Kelly Krier said. "She was completely focused. And the defense deserves credit. They made all the plays behind her."
The Hatters (25-2) advanced to the state final for the second time in the last three years. On Friday at Shippensburg University, at 4 p.m., they will take on the winner of yesterday's semifinal between District 3's Central York and District 7's Latrobe.
The Wildcats (24-2) were hurt by four errors. Ace righthander Kelly Schymanski allowed 11 hits and 10 runs in six innings. However, only two runs were earned.
"Defense has been our strength all year," Roberts coach Kevin Kirby said. "We didn't come ready to play. And, as the coach, I accept the blame for that. It's my job to make sure the girls are ready."
Hatboro-Horsham was led by rightfielder Sara Dougherty (two doubles, two RBIs), second baseman Katie Wambold (3 for 4, two runs, two RBIs), shortstop Brittany Schlorff (2 for 3, two runs), and leftfielder Megan Kelly (2 for 4, two runs, two RBIs).
"We worked so hard on our offense, and this shows that hard work pays off," Krier said. "After that loss in the district final, we put it into our minds that it wasn't going to happen again."
After the Hatters took a 3-0 lead in their first at-bat, Roberts evened things with a three-run third. From there, the Suburban One League Continental Conference champions scored nine runs on 11 hits.
"I think it was good that we saw [Schymanski] before," senior catcher Jessica James said. "We knew what to expect, knew what her go-to pitches were."
Owen J. Roberts 003 000 0 - 3 9 4
Hatboro-Horsham 300 342 x - 12 15 0
WP: Amanda Sadowl. LP: Kelly Schymanski. 2B: OJR-Ali Logue, Jen Beaver; HH-Sara Dougherty 2, Katie Wambold, Megan Kelly.