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Mercury Roundup (April 3): Hill School, Daniel Boone offenses explode in wins

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Hill School 12, Pennington Prep 2 >> Gilbert Saunders was a two-way star for the Blues Saturday, pitching and hitting them to victory over the Red Raiders in their non-league pairing.

Saunders went 4-for-4 at the plate, collecting a pair of doubles and scoring three times while driving in a pair of runs. The Hill junior also pitched four scoreless innings, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out five.

Brandon Bastian pitched three frames in relief, yielding just one hit and two unearned runs while fanning another five batters. The senior also contributed at the plate, getting one hit and driving in three.

Sophomore outfielder Sam Soderman went 2-4 with three RBI, and third-baseman Grant Deshishku went 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Daniel Boone 14, Whitehall 6 >> The Blazers jumped out to a four-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, then added 10 runs the rest of the way to hold off the Zephyrs in their first game of the season Saturday.

Boone got on the board in the first inning when Mikey Gregos singled on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs.

Zach Scherzer took the win for the Blazers. The lefty lasted three innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out two. Harrison Leister and Brandon Monaco entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Daniel Boone collected 18 hits on the day. Colton Yenser, Zach Scherzer, Mikey Gregos (three RBI) and Dalton Cymbalski each collected three hits to lead the Blazers, with Krystian Hornberger (triple, four RBI) and Nate DeBusi (double) also having multiple-hit outings.

Haverford School 9, Perkiomen School 6 >> A late-inning rally came up short for the Panthers in Thursday’s non-league outing with the Fords.

T.J. Khela’s three-hit day headed Perkiomen, which trailed its hosts 9-3 before scoring a combined three runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Garrett Knowles drove in three runs for the Panthers.

Softball

Blair Ac. 10, Hill School 0 >> The Buccaneers’ bats came alive late in the game Saturday, lifting the home team over the Blues in a MAPL game halted after five innings by the 10-run rule.

Hill held Blair to a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning, with Hannah Gordon and Kelly Dempsey leading the way defensively. A pitchers’ duel early on saw Aryanna Bodge strike out five hitters in 3.1 innings of work while Mallory Allen totaled seven strikeouts in five innings of work for Blair.

Offensive highlights for the Blues came when Belle DiCampello scorched a single in the first inning. With chances throughout the game, Hill couldn’t convert into runs.

With a lot of fight late into the game, Hill placed runners on first and second after tough at-bats by Gordon and Toyosi Jaiyesimi. A roped line drive by Dami Odubona looked as though it would plate the first runs of the game by Hill, but the hard-hit ball found its way into the left fielder’s glove to end the threat.

Boys Lacrosse

USMAPS 15, Hill School 10 >> Army Prep broke open a back-and-forth contest Saturday afternoon with three late unanswered goals.  John Imperato led Hill with three goals and Cory Capri added a pair of tallies.  Will Lesko (one goal, two assists) and Carter Straub (three assists) also had three-point performances. 

Pierce Hart and Will Schaller each had one goal and one assist on the afternoon.  Hill goalkeeper Henry Komosa turned aside 10 shots in a losing effort. For the game, Hill went 4-8 with the man advantage and held Army Prep scoreless on their two man-up opportunities.

Boys tennis

Pottsgrove 7, Upper Merion 0 >> The Falcons dropped just six games throughout the lineup in Thursday’s Pioneer Athletic Conference match with the Vikings.

Pottsgrove got singles win from Michael Krueger, Wyatt Lear and Rhys Yochem while first-doubles team Shane Gleason and Colton DeCriscio were 6-0, 6-0 winners.

Girls lacrosse

Daniel Boone 10, Bishop McDevitt 5 >> The multiple-goal outings of Keri Graff and Amanda Spotts were key to the Blazers doubling up Bishop McDevitt in Wednesday’s non-league clash.

Graff had a game-high four goals — one more than Spotts’ hat trick — along with an assist. Boone (1-1) got another two tallies from Mia Bishop and a single goal from Guine Fowlkes, along with assists from Marlee Fetrow and Taylor Yerger.

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