By Katherine Reardon, Director of Athletics—The season is off to a great start for APH athletics. Last Friday, our tennis team traveled to Newburyport Racquet Club where they faced off against Amesbury in their season opener. The 8 members of our tennis team played hard and earned a 3-1 win over their hosts. They’re looking forward to continuing this momentum after the break when they take on Masco.
Track & Field has begun practicing, using both the St. John’s Prep track facility and our campus, and is looking ahead to APH’s first-ever meet on May 8th.
Penguin softball played back-to-back games this week against Shawsheen Tech on Monday and Triton on Tuesday. Solid offensive play from the team earned a huge win over Shawsheen. The game against Triton started off tough, with APH going down early in the first inning and spending the rest of the game trying to battle their way back.
Down by 2 in the bottom of the 7th, the Penguins donned their helmets and grabbed their bats as they faced their last chance to earn the win. Bats came alive and the team quickly loaded the bases. After Triton threw out two runners at home, the team found themselves working with their last out of the game. A walk brought Ava Mantenuto ’21 across the plate to bring the team within one run of their opponent. Then, in dramatic fashion with two strikes on the count, Caileigh Cunningham ’18 connected for a long base hit to bring home two teammates with Shayla Saad ’21 running hard from 2nd base to make it home before the ball for the game-winning score.
Congratulations to all of our student-athletes!