Meg Curley highlighted North Penn's eight-run second inning and the Maidens unceremoniously dropped defending state softball champion Central Bucks South, 14-3, Wednesday in the second round of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament.
Curley, a junior third baseman, hit a two-run double in the second and finished 1 for 2 with two walks and two RBIs. The game went only five innings because of the 10-run rule.
"We just told them to go out and play their game, play the way North Penn plays, and they did," coach Rick Torresani said.
Sophomore righthander Jackie Bilotti drove in two runs and struck out two in five innings to pick up the win for 13th-seeded North Penn. Senior second baseman Michelle Holweger drove in three runs and scored twice.
North Penn captured last season's District 1 title before falling in the first round of the state playoffs. Torresani said his team is coming on late this season because of early-season injuries. Wednesday's win was the Maidens' sixth straight game with a full lineup.
C.B. South, the No. 4 seed, lost to North Penn in last year's district semifinals before rallying to get the PIAA Class AAAA title. The Titans' season is over.
Pennsbury 3, Upper Darby 1 - Christina Bascara's two-out, two-run single in the fourth propelled the third-seeded Falcons past No. 14 Upper Darby. Val Buehler struck out five and walked three in a complete-game win.
Downingtown East 2, Spring-Ford 0 - Freshman catcher Brigette Nordberg went 3 for 3 and drove in both of the eighth-seeded Cougars' runs to nip No. 9 Spring-Ford.
Courtney Flach added a hit and a run scored, and Casey Thompson earned the win with seven strikeouts and two walks in seven innings. Haleigh Williams, the losing pitcher, went 2 for 3.
Neshaminy 3, Boyertown 1 - Lauren Quense allowed two hits in the first inning, and that was it as the top-seeded Redskins turned away No. 16 Boyertown.
The senior bound for Fordham earned the complete-game win. Julia McGovern hit a two-run homer in the second and finished 1 for 2.
Hatboro-Horsham 6, Perkiomen Valley 5 - Carlie Johnson doubled to lead off the seventh before scoring to cap the second-seeded Hatters' win over No. 18 Perkiomen Valley. Johnson scored on a fielder's choice by winning pitcher Nicole Casagrand.
Phoenixville 5, Marple Newtown 1 - Rachel Boone earned the complete-game win, and the No. 10 Phantoms rolled past seventh-seeded Marple Newtown. Boone struck out nine and allowed just two hits in seven innings.