PLYMOUTH MEETING » There’s something about the girls from upstate Pennsylvania that allows them to just mash softballs.

A very solid Bristol team once again found this out the hard way Monday as Williams Valley of Tower City beat the Warriors, 14-4, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A State Tournament .

With the victory, District 11 champion Williams Valley improved to 24-3 in its drive towards a possible fourth state final appearance in five years.

District 1 and Bicentennial Athletic League champion Bristol, meanwhile, finished another very successful season with a record of 19-4.

On the bright side for Mike Lalli’s Bristol team, Kacie Pinelli hit her ninth homer of the season with a three-run shot in the fifth inning. The Warriors, however, needed one more to avoid being run ruled and extending the game into the sixth inning.

Pitcher Hailey Sweeney also had a good day for Bristol with a 3-for-3 at the plate that included a double. Bristol also scored in the second when Kerrigan Reilly put down a squeeze to score Destiny Brophy.

But once again, it wasn’t nearly enough against a Williams Valley team that pounded out 16 hits and scored five runs in the top of the second and nine more in the third.

Bristol wasn’t helped any when obstruction was called on its catcher on a play that initially looked like it would end the third inning. With the inning still alive, Williams Valley went on to score five runs.

“They scored 10 runs with two outs,’’ said Bristol coach Mike Lalli. “That play hurt, but give them credit. They crushed the ball against a pitcher (Sweeney) who throws as hard as anyone around here. They pounded the ball.’’

Williams Valley (24-2) 059 00 - 14 16 1 Bristol (19-4) 010 03 - 4 6 3 WP-Unger. LP-Sweeney. 2B-Achenach WV) 2, Rabuck (WV, Sweeney. 3B-Bogle (WV). HR-Neiman (WV), Pinelli (B).

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