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Mercury Roundup (May 22): CB South rallies past PAC champ Owen J. Roberts

Central Bucks South's Hannah Tracy steals second base ahead of the tag from Owen J. Roberts shortstop Rachel Epps during a District 1-6A playoff game on May 22. (Austin Hertzog - MediaNews Group)


Central Bucks South 6, Owen J. Roberts 4


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Fresh off its run to the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship, the Owen J. Roberts softball team couldn’t keep its postseason magic in a bottle.

Central Bucks South uncorked the proceedings for its own party in the late innings, a three-run sixth inning rallying the No. 18 seed Titans to a 6-4 victory over No. 15 Owen J. Roberts in the opening round of the District 1-6A playoffs Monday afternoon.

Senior pitcher Maddy Borowski bounced back from a three-run first inning to limit OJR to a single run over the final six innings. She only surrendered one hit but walked seven, to go with five strikeouts.

Central Bucks South infielders Maura Fleming (2) and Steph Bendzlowicz (28) laugh with each other during the late innings of a District 1-6A playoff game on May 22 against Owen J. Roberts. (Austin Hertzog – MediaNews Group)

Titans leadoff hitter Camryn Lee and right fielder Hannah Tracy had three hits apiece and Riley Theis’ RBI single in the sixth inning gave CB South (12-9) its first lead after trailing 4-0. That was preceded by Lee reaching on a fly ball error to score Tracy and Maura Fleming driving in Nora Sidorski on a groundout.

Lee’s fly ball to shallow center field was gloved by OJR’s Sophia Grillo but lost on the dive, bringing home Tracy for an insurance run in the seventh.

Owen J. Roberts concluded its season with a 14-9 record after last week rattling off back-to-back 11-0 victories in the PAC playoffs, over top-seed Boyertown and Frontier Division champion Upper Perkiomen in last Wednesday’s final.

Central Bucks South pitcher Maddy Borowski delivers to the plate against Owen J. Roberts during a District 1-6A playoff game on May 22. (Austin Hertzog – MediaNews Group)

The Wildcats had a promising start with a three-run first inning, Rachel Epps’ bases-loaded fly ball leading to three OJR runs. They added a fourth when Liza Flavin scored on a passed ball in the third.

OJR starting pitcher Natalie Alldred went 4 ⅔ innings, making way for freshman Amelia Atkins. Atkins got out of a bases-loaded jam to limit CB South to a run in the fifth but was tagged for the Titans’ runs in the sixth and took the loss.

Owen J. Roberts’ senior class featured Alldred, outfielder Grillo, catcher Liv Egan and outfielder Hayden Streeter.

Methacton 13, Springfield-Delco 4



No. 17 seed Methacton scored runs in six of seven innings and overpowered No. 16 Springfield-Delco to advance in the District 1-6A playoffs.

Jillian McTamney had a home run and three RBI, Riley Kairer had two hits and three RBI and Sydney Hockenbrock doubled twice (RBI) to lead Methacton’s 13-hit offense. Jenna Kaufman was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The Warriors put up three-spots in the second, fourth and seventh innings.

Courtney Freese (5 IP) and Meg Lineen (2 IP) combined on pitching duties for PV, each allowing two earned runs.

The Cougars managed 14 hits but only turned it into four runs.

Methacton will visit No. 1 seed North Penn in the second round on Wednesday.

Pennsbury 15, Perkiomen Valley 5, 5 inn.


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Trailing 5-4 entering the fifth inning, Pennsbury went wild, turning a deficit into a mercy rule affair, an 11-run inning powering past No. 24 seed Perkiomen Valley in the first round of the District 1-6A playoffs.

The Vikings took full advantage of a slow start from Pennsbury pitcher Laney Freiband with a three-run double by Addison Smith in the second and a two-run home run that hit high on the Pennsbury (17-4) scoreboard by Audrey Powers in the third pushed upset-minded Perk Valley out to a 5-1 lead.

PV starter Bella Reedy exited after three innings (four runs on six hits, two Ks).

Freiband hit a pair of home runs and went 4-for-4 with four RBI for Pennsbury. Hannah DeFinis also homered (4-for-4, three RBI), a walk-off two-run blast sending the Falcons into the next round, where they will face No. 8 Ridley on Wednesday.

Perkiomen Valley concluded its season 12-9. The VIkings’ senior class included Ava Boccelli, Sophia Coleman, Olivia Hopkins, Callie Martiello, Kaylee Molitor and Jenna Russo.

West Chester Rustin 10, Pottsgrove 6

In the first round of the District 1 5A Softball Playoffs, fifth-seeded West Chester Rustin topped No. 12 Pottsgrove 10-6 Monday. The host Knights were led at the plate by Kelly Fricker (2-for-3 with a home run), Olivia Garner (2-3, three RBI) and Taylor Kuhn (2-3, double). Starting pitcher Emily Gillis gave way to teammate Lauren Greenwood who went 41/3 innings, fanned five and earned the win.

Quakertown’s Cooper Natisin celebrates after scoring a run against Owen J Roberts during a District 1-6A first round game on May 22. (Austin Hertzog – MediaNews Group)


Quakertown 7, Owen J. Roberts 3


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The No. 23 seed Panthers continued their late-season improvement and knocked out reigning District 1 champion Owen J. Roberts in the opening round of the District 1-6A playoffs Monday.

Quakertown leadoff hitter Dan Qualteria was 4-for-4 with an RBI and Cole Natasin was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI to fuel an offense that got on OJR starter Zach Brockner early for four runs through two innings, the three-run first inning coming thanks to a pair of fielding errors.

Brockner was chased from the game in the Panthers’ three-run fifth inning that put the game away. His final stat line was 4 ⅓ innings, eight hits, two earned runs with four strikeouts.

Quakertown’s Dan Qualteria dives into home plate to score a run against Owen J. Roberts during a District 1-6A playoff game on May 22. (Austin Hertzog – MediaNews Group)

Vincent Pellegrini went the distance for Quakertown (10-11), allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with six strikeouts.

Owen J. Roberts (13-7) had not played since Wednesday, May 10 after missing the PAC playoffs.

Lucas Santise (RBI) and Tristan Dietrich each doubled for OJR, which got within 4-2 after four innings but Quakertown came alive again for three in the fifth.

OJR’s senior class featured Brockner, Santise, Dietrich, Dylan Donaghy, Frank Ambrosio, Jake Grossi, Will Hakun, David Levengood and Mason Miller.



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