Most people told coach Matt Schram this would be a rebuilding year at Council Rock North.
The critics had a point. Schram and the Indians lost seven starters from last season.
But that logic has proved to be flawed. C.R. North combined a pair of passed balls with Brett Newman's durability on Friday afternoon to nip visiting Neshaminy, 6-5, in a Suburban One National baseball game.
Newman, a senior righthander, struck out four and walked three in six innings. Newman came out in the seventh, and Nate English posted the win.
The Indians tied the game and won it on passed balls in the bottom of the seventh.
With the win, C.R. North can share the division title with Neshaminy if it wins on Monday and Neshaminy loses.
Neshaminy already has at least a share locked up.
"You can't take a night off. Every game is huge," Schram said. "The last seven games have been like playoff atmosphere."
Also in the Suburban One, senior Matt Kohn led off the game with a homer and senior Robert Knox capped it with a bases-loaded double as Upper Moreland rocked visiting Springfield (Montco), 10-0.
Bicentennial. Jenkintown righthander Michael McKernan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a leadoff double, but the Drakes held on to nip visiting Morrisville, 3-2.
The junior struck out seven and walked one, allowing just one earned run. He mixed his curveball and change-up effectively with his low-70-m.p.h. fastball.
Aiden Lorenz, a sophomore catcher and infielder, stroked a three-run, two-out double in the third inning. Andres Madden, Greg Wagner, and Chris Baird came around to score without a throw.
Catholic. Eric McGough, Brian Chesky, and Colin Mitchell combined to throw a four-inning perfect game as Archbishop Carroll rolled past visiting Conwell-Egan, 15-0. McGough, the winning pitcher, went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and was hit by a pitch. Steve Dengler also was 3 for 3, and Evan Harvey went 2 for 2.
Winning pitcher Ryan Roberts stroked a two-run double in the sixth as Cardinal O'Hara turned away visiting Archbishop Ryan, 5-3. Bob Ieradi went 3 for 3.
Pioneer. Matt Keller was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI as Perkiomen Valley knocked off host Upper Perkiomen, 3-1.
Quinn Kelly posted the win with six strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
Ches-Mont. Nick Miller and Kyle Semetti each slammed a pair of homers and drove in three runs as West Chester Rustin cruised past visiting Kennett, 13-3.
Public. Augustin Gil hit a homer as Furness rocked host Bartram, 17-2, to clinch the final spot in the Public League Class AAAA playoffs. The senior hit a double, triple, and homer for the second straight game.
Nonleague. Mike Kyne, a senior, slugged a grand slam in the sixth inning, and Delco Christian topped visiting Church Farm, 10-6. Freshman third baseman Josh VanMeerbeke went 2 for 2 and scored three times.
Joe Dunn and Chris Hilburn scored three times each as Malvern Prep captured the Inter-Ac title with an easy 16-3 win over visiting Germantown Academy.
It is Malvern's first title since 2010 and first outright crown since 2008.
Ryan Hilburn and A.J. Traynor scored twice each. Matt Barrett and Carson Cocco combined for 10 saves, and Charles Kelly won 17 of 19 face-offs.
Public. Jason Link scored three goals and Matt Woods and Colin Herbert added two each as Washington knocked off visiting Mastery Charter, 8-4.
Ches-Mont. John Mehok's four goals and Dylan Alderman's two goals and three assists helped Bishop Shanahan roll at Kennett, 10-4.
Central captured its seventh-straight league title with a 5-0 win over visiting Masterman. Tarik Passal and Andi Agolli won at first doubles.