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Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Softball Team of the Decade: All set for the semis

North Penn pitcher Jackie Bilotti (23) and Erin Maher (4) celebrate after defeating Central Bucks East in their PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal at Spring-Ford High School on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/MediaNews Group File)

The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media Softball Team of the Decade Tournament has boiled down to its Final Four.

The tournament is brought to you by The Reporter, Times Herald and Montgomery Media and is also available online at papreplive.com.

Top-seeded 2014 Souderton has broken through, courtesy of a 58.5-41.5 victory over 2015 Saint Basil, the No. 9 seed.

Big Red advances to take on No. 4 2019 Spring-Ford, which battled past No. 5 2010 Hatboro-Horsham, 57.5-42.5.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 3 2013 North Penn edged No. 11 2019 North Penn in an all-NP battle, 54.1-45.9.

And, in the most heated competition of the quarterfinals, No. 7 2014 Lansdale Catholic came through, pushing past crosstown rival No. 15 2018 NP, 51.4-48.6.

That sets up a local showdown between North Penn and LC for next week.

Souderton vs. Spring-Ford >> Big Red, State Champs in 2014, got another big performance from pitcher Erelle Sowers in the quarterfinals.

Sowers got ahead in the count and was smooth and efficient throughout.

The Indians’ defense was again solid, anchored by shortstop Missy Wiley.

Haley DeLany, Savannah Bostwick and Morgan Yoder have been pounding the ball for Big Red, all coming through with clutch hits.  

Coach Steph Rummel has her team operating at peak form.

The Rams seem ready for the challenge.

Spring-Ford has been getting hits up and down the lineup, with Brianna Peck, Ashley Della Guardia, Julia Ryan and Noelle Reid taking some hefty swings.

North Penn vs. LC >> Erin Maher and Alexa Gable repeatedly got on base in the quarterfinals for North Penn and look to give Jackie Bilotti some early runs to work with.

The Crusaders’ Greta Sheridan has been hitting the long ball for LC, which provided a big spark in the quarters. Bridey Harkins, Amanda Bradley and Kristin Szczepaniak also contributed big hits for LC.

Softball Team of the Decade
Quarterfinals
(1) 2014 Souderton 58.5, (9) 2015 Saint Basil 41.5
(4) 2019 Spring-Ford 57.5, (5) 2010 Hatboro-Horsham 42.5
(3) 2013 North Penn 54.1, (11) 2019 North Penn 45.9
(7) 2014 Lansdale Catholic 51.4, (15) 2018 North Penn 48.6
Semifinals
(1) 2014 Souderton vs. (4) 2019 Spring-Ford
(3) 2013 North Penn vs. (7) 2014 Lansdale Catholic

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