Pa. Girls: Wed. Pa. girls: Avon Grove squeezes past C.B. South

Posted: May 23, 2014

It took until the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon's District 1 Class AAAA second-round softball game, but host Avon Grove finally crossed the plate to edge No. 15 Central Bucks South, 1-0.

The second-seeded Red Devils were powered by sophomore Maggie Balint, who tossed a three-hitter and struck out 14. She also was awarded first base after she was hit by a pitch, and that sparked the rally that led to her game-winning run in the eighth. Courtney Gall singled, and an overthrow allowed Balint to score.

Hailey Warner also impressed as she fanned 10 and scattered three hits for the Titans.

District 1 Class AAA

Gabby Costagliola ripped a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift seventh seed Villa Maria over No. 10 Upper Moreland, 9-8.

The Hurricanes trailed by one entering the final inning until Sarahrose Jonik singled home Maddie Abbot to tie the game.

Cailee Gordinier finished 4 for 5 with two triples, a home run, and three RBIs.

Marple Newtown 9, Villa Joseph Marie 8 - Rylee Power belted two homers and knocked in four runs to lead the eighth-seeded Tigers at home against the ninth seed.

Lacrosse

A goal by Friends' Central's Abby Crowley with 4 minutes, 20 seconds remaining came a half-minute after Baldwin star Ali Thaler tied the game in a state Independent Schools semifinal. Crowley's score proved enough as the host, sixth-seeded Phoenix held off the No. 7 Bears, 11-10.

The Phoenix's Emma Dahle paced all players with seven goals.

Lisa Bernstein was tasked with guarding the explosive Thaler, who led Baldwin with three goals. Friends' Central advanced to face top-seeded Agnes Irwin in the final. The host Owls topped No. 4 Germantown Friends, 12-11.

Under Armour all-Americans. Harriton's Hilary Lemonick (defense) and Melina Woon Avery (goalie) were named to the Under Armour all-American North girls' team. The North will face the South squad on July 11 at Towson.

Basketball

Lauren Ross, a seventh grader at Shipley School, and Nicole Munger, a junior at Central Bucks West, were among 153 players selected to compete for spots on the USA Basketball women's under-17 world championship team.

The trials will begin Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colo. The final 12-player roster will be announced on May 26.


tmahon@phillynews.com

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