Bucks County Herald

CB South gets past CB East, splits title

DAVID CAMPBELL

Lauren Nones used an acronym that gave this reporter pause.

“Our motto from last year was WTSOLCC,” the Central Bucks South senior said.

“Win The Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference,” classmate Alexis McConomy interjected.

With Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over Central Bucks East on the Titans’ Senior Night, CB South Won The Suburban One League Continental Conference, or at least shared it with North Penn after Pennridge knocked off the Lady Knights, 5-4, in eight innings on Tuesday. Both finished 10-2 in conference play.

“Once we heard that (the Rams beat the Knights), we were just ready to go,” Nones said. “We were ready to win this game.”

Nones had a lot to do with it. After Katie Hines led off the bottom of the second with a double to left-center, Nones tattooed a Patriots offering over the leftfield fence for a two-run bomb that gave the home team an early 2-0 lead.

“It was just really exciting being the one who started us off,” Nones said.

Starter McConomy had a no-hitter going into the fifth. Sam Beagleman broke it up with a one-out single up the middle. She was forced out at second, but three consecutive singles brought two Patriots home. Hailey Aspinwall’s single to center delivered Darien Dempsey for the tying run.

The Titans responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Aided by three CB East errors, CB South sent eight to the plate. Taylor Marinelli boomed a run-scoring double to center and came around one batter later on a McConomy base knock. McConomy scored on Nones’ sacrifice fly to left. Alex DeLeon and Maddi Bieber both reached on errors and both scored.

Patriots starter Guiliana Ruscio plated Audrey LaBouliere with an RBI single in the sixth to round out the scoring.

“I did look at it as a must-win,” CB East head coach Karl Knapp admitted. “We had our destiny in our own hands. If we would have won this one, I think we were definitely in [the District One Class AAAAAA field].”

The Patriots were 19th in the most recent power rankings. The top 20 teams get in. CB East will have to wait and see if its 11-8 overall record and 8-4 mark in the SOL Continental are good enough.

The Titans, on the other hand, most likely cemented a first-round bye in districts. Despite their string of recent successes, McConomy reported it is CB South’s first conference title since the state championship team of 2012.

“This year,” McConomy said, “I really feel is our year. We’re coming out strong. We’re battling back in a lot of the games. Our hitting’s strong. Our fielders ... if there’s an error, we bounce right back, so I’m really proud of the girls and how far we’ve come, and hopefully we can continue to go further.”

The Titans, who are 14-5 overall, were 10th in Sunday’s power rankings. They’re in having swept both games from the Patriots. Tuesday’s triumph, though, was extra special on a night dedicated to CB South’s seven seniors.

“We got this win to celebrate our four years of just playing the game we love,” Nones said, “and it’s a really nice feeling to win.”

“It was a nice win,” McConomy agreed, “and we’re really excited for playoffs.”

dcampbell@buckscountyherald.com


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