The Tri County Thunder 14- U girls'softball team competed last weekend in the Coventry Cobras USSSA Tournament held at Manderach Park in Limerick.The 13 team tournament began with pool play on Saturday morning and the Thunder wasted no time getting into the win column. The Thunder began the day by defeating the Lenape Valley Fury 13-8.
Morgan Mull went the distance to pick up the win allowing five hits and striking out four. The offense was led by Mari Wright who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Brianna Heffernan added two hits that included a double.
The Thunder than took on last year's defending state champs, West Chester Wildfire, coming up on the short end of a 14-6 score.
Offensively, the Thunder was led by Brianna Heffernan, Mari Wright, Desire' Kehs and Darby Girton.
The last game on Saturday had the Thunder squaring off against the Northampton Knockouts. The bats came alive early and often as the Thunder cruised to a 15-3 victory.
Darby Girton went the distance on the mound to earn the win, striking out six and allowing only three hits. The offensive explosion was led by Cara Forke, Darby Girton, Mari Wright, Brianna Heffernan and Morgan Mull, all contributing two hits.
The Thunder drew the fifth seed for Sunday's single-elimination round, and began play against the Lionville Lightning. Morgan Mull drew the pitching assignment and responded with a one-hit shutout, as the Thunder won, 9-0.
Offensively, the Thunder was led by Desire' Kehs, Rachel Tholan and Cara Foke, each contributing two hits. Christina Prinzo added a hit and two RBIs.
The Thunder advanced to the quarterfinals against the Central Perkiomen Phantoms. Both squads had their hitting shoes on, as the teams combined for a total of 28 runs, but the Thunder prevailed, 16-12.
Mari Wright picked up the pitching victory with relief help from Morgan Mull. Desire Kehs and Brianna Heffernan each stroked three hits, Heffernan added a home run. Elizabeth Bullard and Morgan Mull added two hits each and Julia Hartman tacked on a triple.
The Thunder advanced to the semifinal game for the first time in their short history, and once again faced the tough West Chester Wildfire.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the game and the Thunder's day came to an end with a 10-7 loss. Darby Girton handled the pitching duties going the distance allowing eight hits and striking out one. Julia Hartman's three hits, including a triple, and Morgan Mull's three hits, including a four bagger, led the Thunder. Rachel Tholan, Christina Prinzo and Darby Girton also had good games at the plate.