Karlie Haines

Pennsbury's Karlie Haines hit a homer in the first inning against Neshaminy's hard-throwing freshman Kennedie Ruth. (photo by John Gleeson)

BRISTOL » Although the Pennsbury High softball team already had a share of the Suburban One National League title, the last thing it wanted to do was share it with arch-rival and defending champion Neshaminy.

On this front it was mission accomplished as Pennsbury beat Neshaminy, 2-0, on May 15 to claim the title outright in the second half of a double-header in front of a large crowd in Bristol.

Neshaminy (16-4) came into this game with the chance to tie Pennsbury (15-2) for the league championship after losing to the Falcons back in April, but once again it had trouble hitting freshman Ainsley McClure.

McClure didn’t strike out a lot of batters, but again relied on her excellent control and a stellar defense to keep the Skins off the board.

“All my pitches were working and I have a great team behind me,” said McClure. “We all support each other. This was the biggest game I’ve pitched in so far.”

Neshaminy did have an excellent chance to get back in the game with runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth, but a base running mistake allowed Pennsbury to get out of the inning.

Facing Neshaminy’s hard-throwing freshman Kennedie Ruth (nine strikeouts), Pennsbury struck right away in the first inning on a homer by senior Karlie Haines. The Falcons later added a run on back-to-back doubles.

“It’s definitely a plus to do it against Neshaminy,” said Haines. “They played great too. My first three years we really didn’t come close (to winning a league title) so this feels great.”

Both teams will return to action next week in PIAA District 1 Class 6A play.

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