Villa Maria’s softball team captured the PIAA AAA District One title on Thursday, June 2, with an 8-2 victory over Bishop Shanahan. Winning pitcher Maddie Abbot also broke the state AAA career strikeout record, recording 4 Ks in the game to reach 760, three more than the previous record.
Villa trailed Shanahan 2-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. but scored five runs in the fifth and three in the sixth for a decisive victory. Key plays included triples from Bri Wright, Fran Delviscio, and Sarahrose Jonik, and hits by Lisa Becker, Elizabeth D’Ascenzo, Maddie Abbot, and Marissa Bruder.
After the game, the team received medals and the trophy, and the Hurricanes presented Abbot with flowers and a plaque to mark her pitching achievement.