2017 Rams

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2017 Varsity Player Awards
Most Improved Players: Anneke Vonk & Kiley Marsh
Coaches' Award: Eliza Herrenkohl
Spirit Award: Xochi Krumbiegel
Most Versatile Player: Shannon Finegan
MVP-Defense: Julia Ermi
MVP-Offense: Anna Walsh
MVP: Sonia Groeneveld
All-Central League 2nd Team: Anna Walsh
All-Central League Honorable Mention: Kiley Marsh, Sonia Groeneveld
All-Main Line 1st Team: Sonia Groeneveld
All-Main Line 2nd Team: Anna Walsh
All-Main Line Honorable Mention: Kiley Marsh, Julia Ermi
2017 Carpenter Cup Selections: Julia Ermi, Kiley Marsh



2017 Season Highlights

5/23/2017) Curtain Falls on Rams' 2017 Season
The #14 seeded Rams bowed out of the PIAA playoffs today with an opening round loss at #3 seeded West Chester Henderson, 11-7. Harriton opened the game with a barrage of hits and a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Warriors' crafty slap hitters and speedy baserunners ignited their offense, and two booming home runs by Henderson's cleanup hitter Cameron Trotter were too much for the Rams to overcome. Nevertheless, the Rams' 2017 season goes down in the books as an unqualified success, with numerous first-time achievements and plenty of heart-stopping excitement (a nice write-up on the season by Eddie Levin will soon be appearing in the Main Line Times, preview here). Thanks to Coach Beck and Coach Kidd for their hard work and dedication, and best wishes to graduating seniors Hannah Wheeler, Shannon Finegan, and Sonia Groeneveld, whose high school athletic careers concluded today. What a fantastic season! GO RAMS!!

(5/18/2017) Rams Vault into Top 16 Power Rankings, Clinch First-Ever District 1 Playoff Berth!
Harriton Softball 2017 Harriton was named the #14 seed in PIAA District 1's post-season playoffs (5A division)—the Rams' first-ever playoff berth. To put this achievement in perspective, Harriton joined the Central League before the 2009 season and proceeded to win no more than 3 games in each of the subsequent six seasons. Twice during that stretch the team endured seasons with zero wins. Even in the previous "high-water-mark" season of 2015, the Rams defeated only 3 of their 11 Central League opponents. This year's slow, 1-8 start provided no inkling of how things would finish. Then in late April the team finally started clicking: Harriton won 6 of their final 10 games, including first-time-ever victories against Radnor and Marple-Newtown, then capping the regular season with a massive upset of #1-ranked Penncrest to jump into the top sixteen rankings in the regular season's final week. The Rams' opening playoff game is on Tuesday, May 23 (4 p.m. start) at #3 seed West Chester Henderson (12-8) of the ChesMont League—the game is at Lambert Park, 1195 Pottstown Pike, West Chester. Congratulations to Coach Beck, Coach Kidd, and the girls for a fantastic finish and a well-deserved honor that establishes the 2017 Rams as (perhaps!) the best Harriton softball team in school history.

(5/15/2017) Harriton Shocks Top-Ranked Penncrest, Wins 5-3 to Finish Central League Play.
The term Program Defining Win is used loosely in sports, but tonight the 2017 Harriton Rams clearly met that standard with a 5-3 victory on the road over Penncrest, whose W-L record of 15-3 entering tonight's game had earned them the #1 spot in yesterday's District One 5A Power Rankings. Once again tonight, the Rams were facing a Central League team they had never beaten in 17 consecutive attempts dating back to 2009. The 2017 Lions are anchored by their dominant junior pitcher Maya Hartman, who is well on her way to first-team All-Central League honors. But our Rams were unfazed, especially Kiley Marsh who has recently been putting on a CLINIC at the plate, hitting the ball hard to all fields, including a booming triple to RF in the 6th inning that (combined with a timely Penncrest overthrow) resulted in Harriton's 5th run scored. Meanwhile, outstanding defense by Xochi Krumbiegel (CF), Julia Ermi (C), Anna Walsh (SS), and super-frosh Ava Paternoster (1B) kept the potent Lions' offense at bay. Senior Sonia Groeneveld—pitching in her final career regular season game—kept Penncrest's batters off-balance and snuffed out the Lions' attempts at late-game rallies. The Rams' signature win tonight—remarkably, their sixth different Central League opponent to be beaten—keeps the team (6-10 conference, 7-12 overall) in solid contention for a never-before-in-school-history berth in PIAA's District One playoffs, to be announced on Thursday night.

(5/11/2017) Hit Parade on Senior Day as Harriton Crushes Academy Park, 14-0.
Senior Day 2017 2017 Senior Day began with pre-game honors (and fabulous gifts!) for seniors Hannah Wheeler (RF), Shannon Finegan (LF), and Sonia Groeneveld (P). Once the game began and Harriton's bats warmed up, the rout was on! The Rams' offense pounded out 22 hits, including doubles by Anna Walsh (2), Xochi Krumbiegel, Ava Paternoster, and Julia Ermi—as well as key RBIs by "hit machine" Kiley Marsh and a "just made it" home run by Groeneveld—to end the game after 4 1/2 innings with a mercy rule win. Harriton now heads into the final week of the 2017 regular season in a Power Index dog-fight with Marple-Newtown, Strath Haven, and Chichester for the final spots in the PIAA 5A District One post-season playoffs. One more win will probably be necessary to vault the Rams into their first-ever postseason playoff appearance.

(5/08/2017) Rams Tame the Tigers in Extra Innings, Walk off with a 10-9 Win!
Once again today the Rams faced a team with a 17-game, 9-year winning streak against them since Harriton joined the Central League. The Marple-Newtown Tigers feature big hitters (seniors) Paige Benasutti and Nicole Atkins, and they had crushed the Rams 12-2 early in April. Today after Maddie Rubin's 2nd-inning double put Harriton up 1-0, the Tigers went up 5-1 in the fifth inning and were cruising to victory behind freshman Rachel Cowley's excellent pitching. But suddenly (as they so often do) the Rams struck hard in the bottom of the 6th, scoring 5 runs on big hits by Julia Ermi, Anna Walsh, Kiley Marsh, and Maddie Rubin to take a 6-5 lead heading into the 7th. The Tigers clawed back, scoring four in the top of the seventh to force the Rams to the brink of a crushing loss. But redemption came with big hits off the bats of Sonia Groeneveld, Ermi, Walsh, and Marsh, tying the game at 9 apiece and sending the battle into extra innings. Groeneveld (pitching all 9 innings) kept the Tigers off the board in the 8th and 9th with the backing of outstanding defense. Then leading off in the bottom of the 9th, Groeneveld smacked a Nicole Atkins change-up into LF for a lead-off single, advanced to 2nd on a beautiful sacrifice bunt by Ermi, and moved to third on a sharply-hit single to LF by Walsh. Then Kiley Marsh strode to the plate and smacked a no-doubt-about-it line drive single to CF, driving in the game-winning run and sending the home crowd home happy! The 2017 Rams have now defeated five different Central League opponents and have clearly established themselves in one of Philly's toughest high school softball leagues.

(5/04/2017) Harriton Tops Radnor for Historic Win, 3-1.
Harriton Beats Radnor Radnor is the nearest high school geographically to Harriton, but in softball the two schools have historically been worlds apart. Since joining the Central League in 2009, the Rams have lost 17 consecutive games to Radnor, including a 12-0 mercy rule loss on the Rams' home field two days ago. Radnor is a perennial entrant in PIAA District 1's post-season playoffs and features 3-year starter Brooke Nicander as their starting pitcher (5-0 career against the Rams). Despite all of this history, the 2017 Rams battled fiercely against the Raiders, scoring 1 run each in the first 3 innings with key hits by Anna Walsh and Xochi Krumbiegel. The Rams' senior pitcher Sonia Groeneveld—facing Radnor on the mound for the 8th time—bedeviled the Raiders' hitters with changing pitch speed and location, and excellent defense by LF Shannon Finegan, 2B Anneke Vonk, SS Anna Walsh, and CF Xochi Krumbiegel kept Radnor off the scoreboard. A beautiful defensive play on a wild pitch in the 6th by catcher Julia Ermi kept the Rams' lead at three going into the 7th inning. Then with 2 outs and the tying run on 2nd base, a screaming line drive hit by Raiders' senior pitcher/#3 hitter Brooke Nicander found the glove of Rams CF Krumbiegel to end the game. Harriton's win tonight marks the first time ever that Harriton has beaten 4 different Central League opponents in the same season, and it establishes the 2017 Harriton team as a force to be reckoned with heading down the stretch.

(4/28/2017) Harriton Beats Cross-Township Rival Lower Merion, 15-6.
Rams leadoff hitter Anneke Vonk started the game by smacking a single to right-center field, and the Rams offense exploded for 15 runs in the first 4 innings, with big hits by Julia Ermi, Anna Walsh, Ava Paternoster, and Kiley Marsh. However the Aces battled back valiantly in the late innings behind senior shortstop Jessie Epstein's stellar defense and RBI-double, and shut-down pitching in the 5th-7th innings by Hannah Charlson, closing the gap and forcing the game to go a full 7 innings. The Rams' win was their 5th consecutive victory over the Aces dating back to 2014, and it improved their Central League record to 3-6.

(4/24/2017) Harriton Stuns Perennial Powerhouse Garnet Valley with a Huge Comeback, Wins 8-6.
Harriton Beats Garnet Valley Garnet Valley entered today's contest with a 4-3 record in Central League play, with "signature" wins against Conestoga, Radnor, and Ridley. The Jaguars quickly took a first-inning lead and built a 6-0 advantage on the strength of Jags senior Allison Ferrante's strong pitching, and a few Harriton defensive miscues. With 1 out in the bottom of the 6th however, the tables suddenly turned—8 consecutive Rams reached base, with big RBI hits by Anna Walsh, Kiley Marsh, Anneke Vonk, Shannon Finegan, Ava Paternoster, and Sonia Groeneveld driving 8 runs across. The visibly stunned Jags went weakly 1-2-3 in the top of the 7th, and Harriton senior Sonia Groeneveld recorded her 11th career varsity pitching victory. Today's win marks Harriton's second-ever varsity softball victory against a team with a winning record since the Rams joined the Central League in 2008—it's also Harriton's second win over Garnet Valley in the past 3 years.

(3/30/2017) Rams Open Central League Play with Solid 7-5 Home Win over Strath Haven.
The first home game of the 2017 season was much like the final home game of the 2016 campaign—another come-from-behind win against the Strath Haven Panthers. Today's game featured solid hitting performances up and down the lineup, including a titanic blast by Hannah Wheeler that chased Strath Haven's starting pitcher from the mound in the 3rd. Sonia Groeneveld pitched seven strong innings and was backed by superb defense—especially by CF Xochi Krumbiegel—that held off the Panthers' late charge.


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