Lansdale Catholic bunched three runs in the first inning and pitcher Mary Cate Scott dominated the rest of the softball game as the Crusaders won their first-round game in the PIAA state Class AAA tournament, 3-1, over Bethlehem Catholic at Allentown's Patriots Park on Monday.
Scott, who lost her bid for a shutout in the bottom of seventh inning, scattered four hits in a complete-game effort against Bethlehem Catholic (21-6), the District 11 champion.
Brittany Bray led the Lansdale Catholic (17-5) offense with a single, a triple, a walk and a run scored.
Lansdale Catholic will face Manheim Central in the quarterfinals on Thursday at a site to be determined.
Also in Class AAA, Pope John Paul II (14-9) got past Donegal (20-7) with a 7-5 triumph at West Chester East.
The Golden Panthers came back from a 5-2 deficit with two hits each by Amanda Light (three runs) and Megan O'Connor (RBI).
Pottsgrove (15-10) suffered a 2-1 heartbreaking loss to Manheim Central, which rallied for two runs in the seventh inning.
Pottsgrove's Emily Miller drove in a run, but Manheim, with one-out RBI hits of the bats of Katie Von Blurgen and Aerika High, outhit the Falcons by 14-5 in the game.
Class AAAA. Souderton (19-4) scored a pair of eighth-inning runs to beat Central Dauphin, 2-1, at Lebanon Valley College.
Pitcher Liz Parkins allowed no earned runs, struck out seven, walked two and got the win when Haley Delaney lofted a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth and another run scored when a pitch by Taylor Henry (12 strikeouts) got past the Rams (20-3) catcher.
Spring-Ford (20-8) pitcher Kristin Robinson threw a one-hitter, but Williamsport's Alexis Bower was better, losing a perfect game on a two-out walk in the seventh inning before settling for a 1-0 no-hit win at Sunbury.
Dominique Thomas scored the second-inning run, reaching base on a walk, advancing on two sacrifices and scoring on the only error of the game.
Neshaminy blanked Easton, 12-0, in a night game at Temple University's Ambler campus.
In a doubleheader at Spring-Ford, District 1 champion Hatboro-Horsham squeezed past Governor Mifflin, 6-5, and District 1 runner-up Pennsbury handled Northeast, 12-2.
Class AA. District 1 champ Christopher Dock had little trouble against District 12 champ Masterman, rolling to a 17-1 win at Temple-Ambler.
Megan Bolton rapped two singles and two doubles, scored four runs and drove in three for the Pioneers (20-4), and pitcher Keli Krause got strikeouts for 14 of 15 outs in the five-inning contest, and helped herself with three hits and three RBIs.
Class A. Kiersten Cain threw a three-inning no-hitter with seven strikeouts, steering Bristol (21-3) to a 25-0 win over GAMP (10-5) the first round at West Chester East.