Owen J. Roberts softball coach Kevin Kirby wasn't asking for much. He simply wanted two pitches back.
The two pitches resulted in home runs for District 1 playoff first round opponent Central Bucks South in the fateful sixth inning that saw the Titans score nine runs.
The Wildcats rallied for five runs in their final at-bat but stranded the tying run on second base as No. 15 CB South knocked off No. 18 seed Owen J. Roberts, 10-8, Monday afternoon in Warrington.
"We dominated the entire game ... except for two pitches,' Kirby said.
In the fateful sixth inning with OJR carrying a 3-1 lead, CB South third baseman Julia Formicola hit a three-run home run off OJR starter Kylie Glenn, who was chased from the game a batter later. The Titans rally continued before shortstop Maddie Decker stepped to the plate and thumped a grand slam off reliever Alyssa Vining. The inning ended with CB South carrying a 10-3 lead.
OJR (16-7) threatened in the seventh, plating five runs and loading the bases before CB South pitcher Hailey Warner ended the threat.
The Wildcats were not without hitting stars: senior shortstop Jordan Walker was 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI, center fielder Sam Garritano was 3-for-5 with a double and second baseman Nikki Testa was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and three runs. Vining had two hits and an RBI.
The Wildcats out-hit the Titans 14-12 but were hurt by leaving runners on base, two instances of bases loaded and two others with runners on second and third, according to Kirby.
The Wildcats return most of its largely junior-led lineup, but will have to do without the presence of Walker, who holds the top 3 single-season runs scored marks in school history.
"She played tremendous all year,' Kirby said. "She was a leader in the field, at the plate, in the dugout. I'm really going to be sad to see her go.'
Perkiomen School 17, Barrack Academy 5: Steph Falcone led Perkiomen with five goals and two assists as the Panthers routed Barrack in the Tri-County League semifinals.
Maddy Faraco and Nikayla Matthews each scored three goals while Victoria Rath and Nicole Pupillo each chipped in two. Hannah Chiess and Kate Quante scored one apiece. Gretchen Ray had three assists.
Ursinus: Ursinus College senior swimmer Bryn O'Neill was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA First-Team All-Academic All-District At-Large team on Thursday.
The team honors those who post a 3.3 cumulative GPA during the academic year. The at-large team is made up of sports such as golf, field hockey, swimming and tennis.
O'Neill was one of 13 selected in District 4, which was made up of all the Division III schools in Pennsylvania.
Selected as the Scholar Athlete for women's swimming this year in the Centennial Conference, O'Neill has a long list of both academic and athletic accolades. She was on the dean's list every semester and was inducted into the Modern Languages Honors Society and the Ursinus Whitians Honors Society for Women. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Olive Sargeant Hamm Award by Ursinus, which honors the senior woman who exemplifies the best in college life.
She was part of the women's swimming team who won the Centennial Conference title for the first time in school history. She was also a first-team All-Centennial selection both academically and athletically, as she was part of the first-place 800 free relay and posted a 3.4 GPA.
She will now advance to the national ballot for consideration as an Academic All-American.
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Ursinus: Ursinus College senior hurdler Victoria Goodenough will compete at the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.
Goodenough, who is competing at the outdoor championship for the third time in her career, will compete in the 100 hurdles. She qualified for the championship with the 18th best time in Division III this season at 14.53.
Goodenough will run at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and if she qualifies, will run in the finals at 2:25 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.