ShareThis Page
Norwin girls can’t slow Hempfield |

Norwin girls can’t slow Hempfield

| Monday, May 7, 2012 10:18 p.m
Hempfield pitcher Karilynn Null delivers a pitch during a game against Norwin at Hempfield on Monday, May 7, 2012. Hempfield won 10-0. Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review

Norwin softball coach Andy Phipps worried about Monday’s Section 1-AAAA game against red-hot Hempfield.

“This was prom weekend, and I was worried we wouldn’t be focused,” Phipps said.

Phipps quickly realized his concern was warranted.

Hempfield (15-4, 10-2) pounded out 12 hits and chased starting pitcher Jamie Robinson in the third inning en route to a 10-0, five-inning victory. The Norwin (14-3, 10-2) loss leaves the teams as co-champions.

It’s not the way Phipps wanted his team to end the regular season.

“This was an eye-opener for the girls, and it showed them we have work to do,” Phipps said. “We have a week to get ourselves ready, and when our number is called to play, we’ll be ready to go.”

When Norwin defeated Hempfield, 6-1, on April 3, the Knights took advantage of three errors and got timely hits.

Yesterday, it was Hempfield that banged out the big hits. Since that loss, the Spartans have won 13 of 14 games.

“We didn’t want second place in the section, we wanted a tie for first,” winning pitcher Karilynn Null said. “Norwin is a good hitting team, and my defense helped me out a lot.

“The key was good hitting on our part. The last time we played them, we didn’t hit. We didn’t have our game.”

Null, who allowed six hits and two walks, was backed by a strong defense and timely hitting.

Hempfield’s defense picked off a runner and only committed one error, while leadoff hitter Alaina Montgomery and the last three batters (Null, Caitlin Tobin and Callie Madden) in the lineup also keyed the win.

Those four batters combined to go 8 for 8, eight runs scored, and four RBI.

“They hit the ball better than we did,” Phipps said. “The bottom of the order was huge for them.”

Norwin loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, but Null got Nikki Berardinelli to ground out.

Norwin’s Abbey Zorzi went 3 for 3 against Null, but the Knights were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners.

“We hit the ball hard, but we hit it right at them,” Phipps said. “We had a couple chances, and we made some base-running mistakes. It was one of those days, and they hit the ball very good.”

Montgomery opened the scoring in the first inning when she doubled off the center field fence and scored on a ground out by Justyne Falbo.

In the next inning, Madden tripled home courtesy runner Taylor Kusma and Tobin to key the six-run outburst.

Montgomery doubled home a pair in the third inning.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5095 or

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.