There is no better time in the coaching career of Michelle Then than now.
Or, more precisely, yesterday.
Then finished her 13-year tenure as Shipley's softball coach in style with her second straight Friends Schools League championship, a 10-0 win over visiting George School.
The Gators (12-5) gave Then, whose husband accepted a job transfer to North Carolina, a proper sendoff with a dominating performance in the title game thanks to four solid innings from pitcher Jess Iacobucci.
Iacobucci, playing with a brace on her leg because of a recent knee injury, gave up only one hit - a third-inning bunt that she could not get to in time to throw out the runner.
Otherwise, Iacobucci was perfect, striking out nine in four innings and walking none. Adrienne Drummond pitched the final two hitless innings for the Gators.
The two Shipley pitchers faced the minimum number of batters, thanks to catcher Alex King, who threw out both runners attempting to steal.
Julia Schwartz hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, to set off the celebration for her Gator teammates and their coach.
Then finished her Shipley coaching career with a record of 204-568. Included in those wins are four straight league titles, two in the Friends Schools and two in the Inter-Ac League.
Jen Nichols added a bases-empty homer in the fifth inning and went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
Rebecca Yuska went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Dakota Carroll went 2 for 3 on two drag bunts.
Then, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hopes to grab another coaching job in that state.
Track and Field
coasted to the league title, getting a stellar performance from Jasia Kaulbach, who won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. She also finished third in the open 800, which was won by teammate Ceci Davis-Hayes.
got four goals from Callye Komlo in a 15-10 win at
, clinching the Inter-Ac League championship. The Churchwomen (13-3 overall, 12-1 league) also got three goals and an assist from Logan Greer.
Sub. One National All-Stars
Selected by league coaches.
Girls' Track and Field
100: Kayla Hennessy, William Tennent
200, 400: Ije Iheoma, Council Rock South
800, 1,600: Liz Kearns, Central Bucks West
3,200: Kate Ross, Central Bucks East
100 hurdles, 300 hurdles: Kayla Hennessy, Tennent
High jump: Amanda Swank, Hatboro-Horsham
Long jump: Shannon Daniels, Central Bucks East
Triple jump: Courtney Bell, Norristown
Shot put: Gabriella Rinehart, Norristown
Discus: Justine Robertson, Central Bucks West
Javelin: C.J. Corcoran, Souderton
Pole vault: Christy Ohmott, Hatboro-Horsham
4x100 relay: Central Bucks East
4x100 relay: William Tennent; 4x400 relay: Council Rock North; 4x800 relay: Central Bucks East