Sun Valley made three do-or-die comebacks in the same Ches-Mont League softball game Friday, and held on to first place in the American Division standings with a 5-4 win over visiting Unionville.
Trailing by 1-0, the Vanguards came up with a run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. After Unionville scored twice in the top of the eighth, Sun Valley answered with back-to-back home runs by Alie Alkins and Amanda Lewis to keep the game going.
Unionville went ahead again in the 10th inning, and the Vanguards finally won the game when Alkins delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the inning.
Also in the Ches-Mont, West Chester East's Brianna Andraos pitched a no-hitter for 92/3 innings but ended up as the losing pitcher in a 2-1 loss to visiting Downingtown East. Courtney Flach's fielder's choice drove in the winning run in the 10th inning.
Kate Poppe struck out 17 Avon Grove batters during visiting Bishop Shanahan's 8-0 one-hit shutout win.
Two hits each by Kristen Golden and Steph Mackowski combined with Lauren Butts' two-hit pitching to make West Chester Henderson a 6-1 winner at Downingtown West, which suffered its second loss this spring.
Sophomore Brooke Harner struck out 17 Great Valley batters and Katie DeStefano had a single, two doubles, and four RBIs as host Kennett claimed an 8-2 win.
Pioneer Athletic. Spring-Ford won the battle for the top spot in the Liberty Division, 2-1, over visiting Boyertown with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on RBI hits by Liz Bauer and Marisha Bates.
Maddy Lowery capped a nine-strikeout one-hit pitching effort by fanning the last two batters she faced with runners on first and second base, preserving Methacton's 3-2 thriller at Phoenixville. Allie Parente and Rachel Kulp each had two hits.
Maddie Galdi scattered five hits, Shannon Clemens hit a two-run homer and Sarah Dowd chipped in with three hits for Owen J. Roberts in an 8-1 success at Pottsgrove.
Friends Schools. Grace Finkbeiner's 100th career hit started the bottom of the eighth and she scored on Kate Eske-Kirby's single to end an 8-7 win over visiting Shipley.
Inter-Ac. Alex Viscusi singled, tripled and also earned the pitching win for Episcopal Academy in a 7-4 triumph at Baldwin. Julianne Longen scored three runs.
Resnya Hughes's two-out single to left field in the fifth inning drove in the run that put Springside ahead for good in a 6-4 win over visiting Notre Dame.
Suburban One. Lauren Quense's bases-empty home run open the door to a seven-run fifth inning, and Sarah Snyder-Leonhauser added a bases-loaded triple for Neshaminy in a 10-3 win at Truman.
Wissahickon's Katie Ziegelr pitched 41/3innings of a 10-0 two-hit shutout of visiting Upper Dublin. Alex Comonitski had two hits and three RBIs.
Jenn Holcavage's two-run double in the fourth was all the offense North Penn pitcher Jackie Biloggi needed to beat host Souderton, 2-1.
Bicentennial. Springfield (Montco) scored in six of seven innings during a 14-5 win at Morrisville. Jewel Ringgold, Brianna Littlepage and winning pitcher Kim Mahcalette poked three hits apiece.
Public. Swenson pitcher Alexis Collopy fanned eight and also went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, triple, home run and six runs batted in en route to a 9-5 win over visiting Edison.
Ben Franklin rallied from a 9-3 deficit to jolt visiting Overbrook, 10-9. Winning pitcher Kristen Lattie struck out seven and also doubled in the winning run, bringing home Kayla Savage.
Chelsea Taylor singled to lead off the eighth inning and scored the winning run on an error as Frankford outlasted host Bodine, 15-13.
Nonleague. Elena DiPrimio's two-run single in the fifth inning was the game-winning hit for West Chester Rustin in a 4-3 victory over visiting Interboro.
After a 9-9 first half, Agnes Irwin outscored visiting Penn Charter by 6-1 in the second half for a 15-10 Inter-Ac League win. Campbell Crochiere (seven goals) and Bridget Chakey had two goals each after halftime.
Suburban One. Kelly Cross' six goals and four assists highlighted Upper Dublin's 15-3 win over visiting Cheltenham.
Friends Schools. Charlotte Wagner's seventh goal of the game was scored with 3 minutes left as the game-winner for Westtown in a 9-8 triumph over visiting George School.
Friends' Central defender Maria Pizzini had seven forced turnovers, five ground balls and two draw controls as a key figure in a 15-9 win at Shipley.