Pa. Girls: Lansdale Catholic moves on in softball

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.

Amanda Weir went 4 for 4, scored four runs and knocked in five runs, and Brooke Dugger homered in a 3-for-4, five-RBI performance.