The District 1 baseball and softball playoffs started on Monday, and the Penncrest baseball team pulled off a huge upset. Matt Arborgast drove in three runs as Penncrest stunned No. 1 seed Holy Ghost Prep, 13-2, in Class 5A first-round action. Tom Innaurato went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Lions, who will play West Chester Henderson in Wednesday's quarterfinals.
The District 1 semifinals will take place for boys' and girls' lacrosse. The District 1 Class 3A boys' volleyball semifinals are also on the schedule. Meanwhile, the lower classes in District 1 start the playoffs in baseball and softball. The PAISAA baseball tournament also gets underway on Tuesday.
Luke Zimmerman continued his dominant season as Marple Newtown defeated Unionville, 10-0, in the first round of the District 1 Class 5A baseball playoffs. Zimmerman struck out eight over five scoreless innings and helped his own cause with a homer. The Tigers will play Kennett on Wednesday.
Andrew Nole homered in Avon Grove's 5-3 victory over Plymouth Whitemarsh in the first round of the District 1 Class 6A playoffs. Riley Davis knocked in two runs and Ryan Gerenser picked up the win on the mound. Up next for Avon Grove is No. 2 seed Spring-Ford.
Shane Manieri and Owen Lawn each drove in a run as La Salle took down St. Joseph's Prep, 2-1, in the Catholic League quarterfinals. Gavin Moretski and Joseph Miller combined for nine strikeouts.
Trent Pierce's bases-clearing double in the second inning helped Archbishop Carroll defeat Roman Catholic, 10-1. Cole Chesnet added a solo homer.
In other Catholic League playoff action, Jim White delivered a walk-off RBI single as Cardinal O'Hara edged Archbishop Wood, 3-2. Luke Sprague drove in two runs.
Faith Neary's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth gave Central Bucks West a 3-2 win over Owen J. Roberts in the first round of the District 1 Class 6A playoffs. The Bucks will play No. 1 seed Central Bucks South on Wednesday.
Quakertown advanced in the Class 6A playoffs with a 1-0 triumph over Methacton. Nikki Vanelli scored on Halle Frederick's single in the bottom of the seventh for the Panthers, who will play North Penn on Wednesday.
Amanda Gomez went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored as No. 1 seed West Chester East handled Marple Newtown, 16-1, in the first round of the District 1 Class 5A playoffs. Paige Olson drove in three runs and Jess Gomez tossed four solid innings. The Vikings will next face West Chester Henderson, which won 13-3 over Radnor.
Devon Miller tossed five perfect innings as Bishop Shanahan moved on in Class 5A with an 11-0 blanking of Strath Haven. Miller struck out 14 and helped her own cause with a homer. Hannah Keiper hit two home runs for the Eagles, who will do battle with Upper Merion in the quarterfinals. Upper Merion shut down Mount St. Joseph, 12-0.
In other Class 5A action, Bean Hughes had two doubles and a homer as Upper Moreland cruised past Merion Mercy, 10-1. Next up for the Golden Bears is Interboro, which held off Phoenixville, 3-2.
Archbishop Carroll won its 18th consecutive Catholic League title with an 18-3 rout of Cardinal O'Hara. Katie Detwiler led the explosive Carroll attack with four goals and two assists.