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Softball: Shipley Edges Patriots in PAISAA Semifinal

BRYN MAWR -- Back in beginning of the season Germantown Academy's softball team scrimmaged Shipley School to get ready for the upcoming year. On May 24, the two teams met again with much higher stakes as the No. 2-seeded Gators were hosting No. 3-seeded GA for the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Tournament Semifinal.

The Patriots hung tough, putting together their best defensive performance of the year, according to Head Coach Sarah Zimmerman, but were unable to come out on top, losing 1-0.

"I'm really proud of how they played today," Zimmerman said. "They took charge of pop-ups and balls to the outfield, they made every play. The fundamentals were good, they were smart looking at baserunners and made clutch plays when they had to."

The Patriots came out swinging, with Alex Johnson '25 recording a leadoff single to open the game. Emily Spillane '23 earned a walk later in the inning, but the Patriots were denied any runs. In the field, GA kept Shipley quiet as Ang Sannicandro '22 managed to get out of the inning without allowing a hit. 

The Gators jumped ahead in the bottom of the second on a wild pitch, but were denied any further runs thanks to the aforementioned stellar defense. 

"At the beginning of the season, this team would not have made those plays," Zimmerman said. "The play where there was a runner on third and Ang faked the throw to first and got the runner out at home. They've practiced and worked hard, they've improved their mental approach to the game. They've just come so far." 

Entering the seventh inning, the Patriots were still looking for their first run of the game. Spillane got on base with a single before advancing to second, but that was as far as she got. Shipley managed to record three consecutive outs to end the game.

"It's hard to lose 1-0," Zimmerman said. "We faced a really tough pitcher, but even with that, they improved their at-bats throughout the game. We needed a few more shots at it, we would've benefitted from a few more innings. It hurts to lose, but they should definitely hold their heads high."

GA ends the season 11-8 overall and 7-5 in Inter-Ac League play, but the numbers do not do the season justice. Despite never competing in the PAISAA Tournament prior to this season, the Patriots earned the No. 3 seed and delivered the first tournament win team history. GA will graduate five seniors from the 2022 team, but will look to continue building for next year.