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PIAA Class 6A Softball: Taylor shutout propels Haverford to states win

Haverford's Emma Taylor, in action earlier this season. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

Emma Taylor has delivered from the circle all season for Haverford.

Monday’s performance topped them all.

The junior hurled a two-hit shutout, striking out 11, to lead Haverford to a 2-0 victory over District 2 champion Hazleton in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A tournament at Freedom Park in Luzerne County.

The Fords will meet District 1 champion Spring-Ford in the quarterfinals Thursday. The Fords took third place in the district.

Taylor was lights-out after giving up a single in the first inning. She allowed a walk in the second, but that was it. A Hazleton batter reached via an error in the fourth, but Taylor managed to get out of trouble.

The Fords bats struck in the third with two outs and the bases empty. Shannon Gavigan worked a two-out walk, then Haley Greenwald smashed an RBI double to make it 1-0. Taylor followed with a run-scoring double to give Haverford a 2-0 cushion.

Brooke Mckeown went 2-for-4 with a double, and Ava Cohen had two singles for Haverford (21-4).

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