Spring-Ford's Ryan Conway wasted no time in igniting his team's offense, clearing the fence at Great Valley in both the first and second innings while fueling the Rams' 15-1 rout of Spring Grove in the opening round of the PIAA state Class AAAA tournament on Monday.
Conway, with four homers in the District 1 champions' last two games, hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, and added a two-run blast in a seven-run second, putting the Rams (19-3) in Thursday's quarterfinals against Council Rock South.
James Hoff doubled three times and drove in four runs.
Also in Class AAAA, Methacton's season continued with a 6-2 success against District 3 champion Cedar Cliff (16-10) at Northern York.
The Warriors (17-10), the fifth seed from District 1, trailed by 2-0 in the sixth inning before scoring four times in the sixth and two more in the seventh inning. Joey Casselberry drove in two runs and got a one-out save for winner Steven Dunbar, and Dave Toomey went 2 for 4 with a run batted in.
Conestoga (19-4) pinned a 10-3 setback on Frankford (18-6) at Neumann University.
Austin Little pitched a complete game with six hits allowed and six strikeouts. Luke Mogle (three runs) and Brian Cizek (four RBIs) each had two singles and a double, and Brendan O'Reilly added a pair of hits and two RBIs.
Frankford's Hector Cerda poked two hits, scored a run and drove in a run.
Dan Denton tripled for one of Council Rock North's seven hits, but the Indians (19-3) were ousted, 6-2, by Nazareth (23-3) at Parkland.
Class AAA. Upper Moreland built a 3-0 lead after two innings, but District 11 winner Blue Mountain rallied to win the first-round game, 5-3, at Spring-Ford.
Mike Janas took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Blue Mountain, which was outhit by 9-4 in the game, broke through for three runs and took the lead.
Dave McInerney put the District 1 champion Bears (18-5) ahead early with a first-inning homer.
Twin Valley plated a pair of unearned runs and ended Neumann-Goretti's (22-1) perfect season, 3-1, at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia.
Franklin Towne Charter managed four hits and ended a 5-16 season with a 10-0 loss to District 3 champion Mechanicsburg (19-5) at Northern York.
Class AA. Jake Yannessa singled and scored on a Max Vido hit to give Springfield (Montco) a 1-0 first-inning lead, but the Spartans (15-7) managed just one hit the rest of the way and lost the first-round game, 13-1, to York Catholic at La Salle.
Class A. Calvary Christian (14-9) rallied with seven runs over the last two innings to eliminate Tri-Valley, 9-4, at Pine Grove.
Tyler Scheuer, who has allowed one earned run over 14 innings in the Cougars' last two games, pitched six-strikeout complete game.
Jesse Geisler's two-run single tied the game in the sixth, and Tony Burgess followed with a two-run hit. Dan Reber and Zach Caldwell (three runs) had two hits apiece.