Senior Ashley Lesniewski pitched a four-hit shutout to lead No. 7 Mount de Sales (16-4) to a 6-0 victory over visiting Catholic (11-6) in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference softball semifinals.
With the win, the Sailors advanced to the championship game against No. 2 Seton Keough at 6 p.m. Monday at Bachman Park.
It will be the Sailors' first trip to the title game since they won the crown in 2004. Seton Keough is the defending champion.
"It's exhilarating," said Lesniewski, who struck out six and walked one. "We waited four years for this. It's like a dream come true, and I'm really pumped. The whole team wants it."
She was aided by two double plays, the first coming after a liner to shortstop Ronnie Rittie and the second after a bunt to third baseman Hannah Cimerola.
Cimerola fired to first baseman Stefani Senkus, who threw to shortstop Rittie, who made the tag at third base. The Sailors had eight singles, led by Jess Jurney and Emma Mires with two each, and capitalized on six Catholic errors. Jurney, who had two home runs in a 15-1 win over Institute of Notre Dame in the quarterfinals, added a nice play in center field, and second baseman Sarah Hughes also made a diving play on a ground out in the second inning. "This team can play defense," Sailors coach Pete Waskiewicz said.
No. 12 Eastern Tech 8, Parkville 4: Winning pitcher Matt Evans worked seven innings, gave up four runs on nine hits and struck out four for the host Mavericks (13-4) in a Class 3A North regional opener.
Kenwood 4, Perry Hall 1: Winning pitcher Barndon Hovel (3-3) gave up one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings for the visiting Bluebirds (4-14) in a Class 4A North regional opener.
C. Milton Wright 5, Towson 0: Winning pitcher Chase DeMar threw a two-hitter, walking two and striking out nine as the Mustangs (7-8) shut out the host Generals (15-4) in Class 3A North.
Jake Labe went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored for C. Milton Wright.
Harford Tech 6, Northeast 5: Devin Chapman hit a one-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the host Cobras (13-5) beat the Eagles (9-9) in Class 2A East.
Harford Tech led 4-0 after three innings, but Northeast scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and three runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie.
Archbishop Curley 13, No. 7 Mount St. Joseph 12, 9 innings: The host Friars (16-11) scored twice in the seventh inning to force extra innings and got the winning run in the ninth in an opening-round game of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association AConference tournament.
Hammond 2, Wilde Lake 0: In In the first inning, the host Golden Bears' Derek Sicca drove in freshman DaVonn Griffin, who had doubled and reached third on a wild pitch, to give Hammond an early 1-0 lead.
After that, it was up to Sicca to make the lead hold up.
"It turns out we needed only one today, but it was a big one," first-year coach Casey Medairy said. "Derek threw another ... gem. At this point, he's just trucking."
The senior righty pitched a three-hitter, leading Hammond (11-7) in the opening round of the 3A East regional playoffs. The Golden Bears will visit Reservoir, which had a first-round bye, in the quarterfinal round.
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