Before this season, Canon-McMillan had never advanced past the WPIAL softball semifinals.
The Big Macs won their first WPIAL championship last week -- but they're not done yet.
Freshman Abby McCartney homered and Giorgiana Zeremenko had three hits as Canon-McMillan defeated District 10 champion Erie McDowell, 4-1, in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round tournament game Monday afternoon at Fairhaven Park in Kennedy Township.
McCartney went 2 for 3 with three RBIS, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Tera Schram added a run-scoring single for the Big Macs (17-5), who have won seven in a row and 10 of their past 11.
Alayna Astuto pitched a 1-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
Quarterfinal games in all four classifications are scheduled for Thursday.
• Central Mountain 2, Hempfield 1: The Spartans' Karilynn Null pitched a one-hitter, but the Wildcats' two first-inning runs were enough to advance at Penn State. Hempfield (18-6) left 11 on base and had seven hits -- two each by Justyne Falbo and Alyssa Bates.
• Montour 4, Punxsutawney 1: Allison Hryadil had a two-run double and Kaitlyn Kutchman pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Spartans (18-5) won at North Allegheny. Montour has a 10-game winning streak.
• Greensburg Salem 16, Carrick 0: Taylor Mehan hit a grand slam, one of the Golden Lions' 17 hits in a rout of the Raiders (8-7) in five innings at McGibbney Park in Brookline. Mehan had six RBIs. Jayne Oberdorf pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
• Fort LeBoeuf 3, Elizabeth Forward 2: The Warriors (17-8) took a 2-0 lead in the third on RBIs from Portia McBride and Courtney Hrabosky, but the District 10 champion Bison (20-2) won it on a single in the bottom of the seventh at Penn State Behrend.
• Deer Lakes 5, Wilmington 4: At North Allegheny, Courtney Lubick's sixth-inning double scored courtesy runner Haley Ketchell for the go-ahead run as the WPIAL champion Lancers (20-1) came from behind to win for the second consecutive game. Deer Lakes left-fielder Leanne Crawford ran down a ball at the fence with a runner on to end the game. Lubick had three of the Lancers' seven hits, and Hannah Blinn had a two-run double among her two hits.
• Fairview 7, Greensburg Central Catholic 0: Carolyn Appleby had two of the four hits for the WPIAL runner-up Centurions (14-8) in a loss at Penn State Behrend.
• Chartiers-Houston 4, Brockway 0: The Bucs' Rachel Tucker had two of her team's six hits in a win at Fairhaven Park. Megan Kraysharr and Haley Sutton had RBIs for WPIAL champion Chartiers-Houston (24-1), and Kayla Briggs pitched a 3-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
• Elk County Catholic 6, Sto-Rox 2: The Vikings (20-2) had 11 hits but left nine runners on base in a loss at Brockway. Mary Cersosimo had three hits and Natalya Smarra and Aimee Miller two each for Sto-Rox.
• Fannett Metal 2, Carmichaels 1: Cameron Grimes drove in Erica Burns with a first-inning single, but Carmichaels (22-3) did not score again in a loss at Everett.
First Published June 5, 2012 12:00 AM