Jackie Franzen's RBI-single with two outs in the eighth inning gave host


a 1-0 win over


in the first round of the District 1 Class AAAA softball playoffs yesterday.

Samantha Creamer saved the game in the fourth inning for the Redskins (10-9) by throwing a runner out at the plate. The throw was especially impressive since Creamer was playing in her fourth game back after missing the rest of the season with a broken hand.

Starter Brianne Birtell and reliever Sarah McGowan combined for the shutout.

In other first-round games:


rallied for all of its runs in the final two innings for a 4-3 win over visiting



Christine's Bednar's two-run double in the sixth inning was one of the key hits for the Rams.

In other first-round games:

Amanda McCann hit a three-run homer in the first inning to get host

Upper Darby

off to a good start in a 10-1 win over

Central Bucks West

. Teammate Sam Jackson went 3 for 4, and Alicia DeSanto pitched a five-hitter.

Central Bucks East

took advantage of three errors to score four runs in the seventh inning in a 4-3 win at

Plymouth Whitemarsh


North Penn

hammered host

West Chester East,

17-2, getting a two-run homer and six RBIs from Jessie Butowsky, who had three hits.


Louise Fox's two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave


a 7-6 win over visiting


in a league semifinal game.

In the other semifinal, Amanda Whalen pitched a three-hitter as host



George Washington

, 13-6.


Loran Mihaliak's pitching carried host

Cardinal O'Hara



, 9-1, in the first round of the playoffs. Mihaliak gave up just an unearned run in the fifth inning to spoil Hallahan's first postseason appearance in eight years.

In other first-round games:

Pinch-runner Brianna Heck scored during a rundown in the seventh inning to cap host

Archbishop Wood's

comeback in a 7-6 win over



Heather Brabazon allowed just four hits and struck out 14 for host

St. Hubert

in a 7-0 win over




Nicole Martino went 3 for 4 in her final game, leading

Episcopal Academy

to a 6-4 win at

Agnes Irwin

. Lauren Berry pitched a seven-inning five-hitter for the win.


Katie Cunningham's six goals led host

Perkiomen School


Del-Val Friends

, 15-3, to capture a Tri-County League semifinal.


In a District One Class AA semifinal at Central Bucks West, No. 2-seeded


(Montco) got two goals from Tierney Carabba and one from Caroline Mountney in a 3-0 win over No. 3

Upper Moreland

. It was the first appearance in the districts for the Golden Bears since 1992.

District 12 Class AA.

Nicole Bracciale scored five goals and assisted on the other as host


rolled to a 6-1 win over


in a first-round game.