Souderton holds off Abington in District 1-AAAA 2nd round

FRANCONIA — Not every District 1-AAAA softball game is a pretty one, but when you can get a win to advance to the quarterfinals you’ll take it.

Souderton capitalized on mistakes and got contributions from everywhere to pick up a 6-4 second-round victory over Abington Wednesday.

Of the six Souderton runs on the day, just two were earned. But the fifth-seeded Big Red is a winning bunch, and they know how to make the most of an opportunity.

“The best part is what I talked to (the team) about after the game — they came out and every single person contributed in some way, in a positive way,’ Indians coach Steph Rummel said. “Whether it was their hitting or their fielding or their pitching – whatever it was they contributed. It was a whole team effort, which is great.’

“The key was to make routine plays, and I don’t think we did that,’ Abington head coach Ellie White said after the game. ‘ I think we had like five errors, and you can’t beat anybody with five errors.’

Souderton advances to Friday’s quarterfinals take on 20th-seeded Great Valley, which upset No. 4 Springfield Delco 11-1 in the second round. The Indians have another home game, but they’re certainly not counting themselves in the semifinals just yet.

“Try to get the girls to focus on our game rather than the other team’s game,’ said Rummel said about her team’s strategy in the quarters. “Focus on making our strengths even stronger and our weaknesses our strengths. We focus on getting stronger with everything we do wrong in the game before… we’ll try to come out even harder.’

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