Team of the Decade Tournament: Just missing the cut

Last season saw four local softball teams reach the state tournament.
Although North Penn and Spring-Ford were the only two earning a spot in the 16-team Softball Team of the Decade bracket, there were two other squads certainly worth mentioning.
Lansdale Catholic added to its history of success come postseason time, advancing to the first round of the PIAA-4A Tournament.
One of the memorable moments for the Crusaders came in the Philadelphia Catholic League Quarterfinals, when Megan Burns lifted a walk-off, two-run home run over the center-field fence to give LC a 6-4 comeback win over Bonner & Prendergast in thrilling fashion.
Upper Merion also had a fine season in 2019, reaching the PIAA-5A Tournament.
Like the Crusaders, the Vikings had many heroes emerge throughout the season, led by outfielder Vanessa Hutchinson.
Archbishop Wood of 2017 was another team to remember.
The Vikings had themselves a heck of a dominant ace in Marisa Browne.
Browne, who came on as a sophomore in 2016, led the Vikings to the regular-season PCL title a year later.
The right-handed struck out a whopping 147 batters against just 19 walks with a 1.35 ERA. She also racked up 18 strikeouts in a shutout in the District 12-5A Championship.
Pope John Paul II of 2011 made its mark, reaching the PIAA-3A Quarterfinals. Dock of 2013 had a tremendous season, reaching the PIAA-2A Tournament.
Voting for the first round of the Team of the Decade Bracket goes until 12 p.m. Saturday.



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