Spring-Ford's softball team registered the biggest upset of the District 1 Class AAAA second round on Wednesday, knocking off No. 3-seeded Bishop Shanahan, 5-2.
The 14th-seeded Rams did it with pitching, getting a four-hitter from Kristin Robinson. The Rams squeezed out five runs from three hits, the key one being a bases-loaded double from Marisha Bates in the first inning.
The Rams fell, 3-1, to Boyertown in the Pioneer Athletic Conference title game Saturday but have since won twice.
In other second-round games:
Casey Herring's jarring slide knocked the ball out of the catcher's mitt and allowed the second and third runs to score in Downingtown West's 3-2 win at Central Bucks South. The No. 10-seeded Whippets also got a five-hitter from Herring, the starting pitcher.
Herring appeared headed for an out in the sixth after Sierra Wagner singled, but she knocked the ball out of the catcher's mitt and several feet away, allowing both her and trailing runner Sydney Robey to score the second and third runs.
Owen J. Roberts' Taylor Shultz pitched a five-hitter and drove in a run in a 2-0 win over visiting Downingtown East.
The fifth-seeded Wildcats (18-4) got seven hits, and Lexi Vaszily's first-inning double produced what turned out to be the winning run.
Top-seeded Pennsbury cruised past No. 16 and visiting Central Bucks East, 7-0, as Christina Bascara went 3 for 4 and Val Buehler tossed the shutout.
No. 6 Souderton needed 10 innings to subdue No. 22 West Chester Henderson, 3-2, scoring on a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the bottom of the 10th.
Second-seeded Hatboro-Horsham received a bases-loaded triple from Kelsey Koelzer in a four-run sixth inning to beat visiting Upper Darby, the No. 15 seed, 4-1. Koelzer later scored on a double steal.
Host North Penn eliminated Del-Val League champion Interboro, 10-0, getting two hits and four RBIs apiece from Michelle Holweger and Stephanie Kulp.
Class AAA. In a first-round game, Marissa Kinneer scattered five hits in a seven-inning complete game as eighth-seeded Pottsgrove rolled to a 9-2 win over visiting Villa Maria, the No. 9 seed. Jess Kurtz had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.
The win earned the Falcons (13-8) a date at top-seeded Nazareth Academy on Friday. The Pandas received a first-round bye.
In the afternoon's only other Class AAA game, Pope John Paul II blanked host Upper Merion, 8-0. Nikki Troisi pitched a seven-inning complete game for the 10th-seeded Panthers. Upper Merion was the No. 7 seed.
Tri-County. Host Perkiomen School won its fourth straight league championship with a 12-1 win over Renaissance Academy in the title game. Lindsay Manferdini pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 in the five-inning game.
Dorita Deveney went 3 for 3 to pace an 11-hit attack for the Indians (14-5). Teammates Anya Schultz and Gabby Glinski each chipped in two hits.
Pa. Independent Schools. Michelle Cybularz pitched a three-hitter and Alexis Giovinazzo hit a two-run homer to lift host Springside past Friends' Central, 2-0, in a first-round game.
Cybularz, who pitched all seven innings, struck out three and walked one. Caroline Satalof pitched well in defeat for the Phoenix, giving up just four hits.
Junior shortstop Danielle Sienko went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and four stolen bases as Penn Charter topped Baldwin, 15-0, in another first-round game.
Bicentennial. Keli Krause pitched a three-inning tune-up for Thursday's league championship game against Bristol, allowing just one hit for Christopher Dock in its 15-0 win over Lower Moreland.
At Simon Gratz, top-seeded Girls High capped an unbeaten season with a 14-0 win over Washington in the Public League championship game. Chasidy McLaurin had six goals and Siena Childs added four.