"I never imagined starting as a freshman."
It was supposed to be a redemption game for Neshaminy (19-2) and its senior pitcher, Lauren Quense. The Patriots (17-4) upset the Redskins a year ago, abruptly ending their season in the second round of districts.
But just as last season, a Schoenewald stood in the Redskins' way.
Last year, it was Julia, then a junior. This year, it was Caroline, a junior second baseman who sparked the Patriots' offense. The younger Schoenewald went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
"I know Lauren Quense is a great pitcher, and if you just go up there thinking that you are better than her and that you can hit her, you will," Caroline Schoenewald said.
East jumped on Quense and the Redskins early, scoring an important run in the first inning.
They added three in the top of the sixth, when Carla Ruscio knocked in Julia Schoenewald and Sierra Huckfeldt followed with a two-run single.
C.B. East will play Girls High, the second-place team from District 12, Monday in the first round of the state tournament, and the Redskins will face St. Hubert, the District 12 winner.
"It's kind of surreal," Scott said.
"I'm just really proud," the fifth-year coach added. "I'm kind of emotional about it because I just love these kids."
Central Bucks East 100 003 0 - 4 7 2
Neshaminy 000 002 0 - 2 4 1
WP: Theresa Haug. LP: Lauren Quense. Sv: Kayla Ventura. 2B: N-Selina Alicia.
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