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Pine Grove Scores 20 Runs to Advance to District Softball Championship Game

Yeah, you read that right. Pine Grove scored 20 runs — and needed more than half of them — to defeat Notre Dame-Green Pond on Friday, 20-10 in a District 11 Class 3A softball semifinal.

NDGP scored 4 runs in the top of the 4th to take a 10-7 lead on the Schuylkill League champs.

After managing to hold Notre Dame in the top of the 5th, Pine Grove erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 17-10 lead. They added a field goal down to the stretch to hold on for the victory.

Pine Grove now plays Salisbury in the Class 3A finals on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Blue Mountain HS.

Here’s how the other local softball teams fared in the District 11 playoffs on Friday:

Class 1A

Williams Valley, Nativity Win to Set Up Championship Clash

Williams Valley jumped on Mahanoy Area early and didn’t let up, winning 10-3 in a semifinal game in Pottsville Friday.

The Vikings rebounded from their Schuylkill League championship defeat to Pine Grove and bounced the Golden Bears from the tournament.

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In the other semifinal, Nativity BVM trounced Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg, 13-2, to reach the Class 1A championship game.

Nativity and Williams Valley will play on Tuesday at a site to be determined.

Class 2A

Haven Advances, Minersville Bows Out

Top-seeded Schuylkill Haven shut out Marian Catholic on Friday, 10-0, to move on to the Class 2A softball championship game. The Hurricanes will face Northern Lehigh, which ended Minersville’s season, 7-6.

That game will also be on Tuesday and also at a site to be determined.

Class 4A

Blue Mountain Edges Beca to Reach Finals

Blue Mountain slipped by Bethlehem Catholic on Friday, 4-3, in the Class 4A semifinals.

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The Eagles now face top-ranked Northwestern Lehigh in the championship game on Tuesday at DeSales University. The Tigers defeated Tamaqua on Thursday.



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