Softball wrap: Perk Valley moves closer to playoff berth with win over Boyertown; PJP's Troisi fires no-hitter


DOUGLASS TWP. – Perkiomen Valley moved one step closer to clinching a Pioneer Athletic Conference Final Four softball berth by holding off Boyertown, 5-4, Thursday night at Pine Forge.

Tori Marcavage went the distance for the mound win, scattering five hits and striking out nine for PV, which hosts Pope John Paul II in a doubleheader Friday (3:30). Methacton (9-7), Pottsgrove (9-7) and PJP (8-7) remain one game behind PV in the loss column for the last playoff spot.

There were some anxious moments for the Vikings (10-6) when Boyertown put together a four-run uprising in the bottom of the seventh inning that featured RBI-singles from Darby Girton and Beth Anne Kircher. But Marcavage got the final out, retiring the dangerous Lizzie Kish on a sharp grounder to Brittany Shoemaker at short.

Harley Pascavage’s two-run single in the sixth had given PV a 5-0 lead. Marcavage (2-3, RBI-triple in first) and Shoemaker (sacrifice fly) also drove in runs for the Vikings.

Boyertown, which had already clinched a Final Four spot, finished the PAC-10 regular season at 12-6.

Perkiomen Valley               101 012 0 – 5 6 1

Boyertown                         000 000 4 – 4 5 1

WP-Tori Marcavage. LP-Krista Schauder. 2B: PV-Brittany Shoemaker, Erin Hamm. B-Brianna DePriest. 3B-PV-Marcavage, Berlynn Hall.

Pope John Paul II 10, Pottstown 0 –Nikki Troisi fired a no-hitter and struck out 13 in the five-inning affair, shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.

Amanda Light and Meg O’Connor were both 3-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Kelly Romberger also had two hits and two RBIs for PJP, which improved to 8-7 (9-7 overall).

The Trojans ended their season at 0-18 (0-19).

Pottstown                 000 00 – 0  0 3

Pope John Paul II     144 1x – 10 11 0

WP-Nikki Troisi. LP-Danielle Ledford. 2B: PJP-Amanda Light, Kelly Romberger, Meg O’Connor. 3B: PJP-Murphy.

Pottsgrove 6, Upper Perkiomen 5 – Jess Kurtz singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Falcons (9-7, 10-8) held on to remain one game behind Perk Valley for the last PAC-10 Final Four spot.

Marisa Kinneer went the distance for the win, striking out seven and helping her own cause with two RBIs. Also contributing to Pottsgrove’s 17-hit attack was Shelby Phillips, who went 3-4 with an RBI.

Pottsgrove          100 003 100 1 – 6 17 0

Upper Perk         111 002 000 0 – 5  9 0

WP-Marissa Kinneer. LP-Alyssa Kratz. 2B: P-Kinneer, Amber Hansley. UP-Lindsey Nolan. 3B: P-Taylor Robinson. UP-Rachel Steinman.

Owen J. Roberts 10, Phoenixville 0 – The Wildcats clinched the PAC-10 regular season title on Senior Night as Lexy Vaszily drove in three runs with a homer and single to become the career RBI-leader (76) in OJR softball history.

The previous mark was 73 – set by Jen Beaver in 2009.

Taylor Shultz and Alyssa Kolb combined on a five-hit shutout for OJR, which is now 16-1 (17-2 overall). The loss drops Phoenixville to 2-15, 3-15.

Phoenixville         000 00 – 0 5 3

OJ Roberts          451 0x – 10 13 1

WP-Taylor Shultz. LP-Courtney Wieland. 2B: OJR-Taylor Kelly, Sarah Dowd, Shannon Clemens. HR: OJR-Lexi Vaszily.