Neshannock won the PIAA Class AA softball championship a year ago.
This season, the Lancers are two wins away from claiming the Class A title.
Madison Shaffer was the winning pitcher and added a two-run single in leading Neshannock to a 6-1 win against Claysburg-Kimmel Saturday in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal at Everett.
Neshannock (20-2), the WPIAL champion, scored the first two runs of the game. District 6 champion Claysburg-Kimmel trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning, but Neshannock scored four runs in the fifth to pull away.
Madison Altmyer, Rayanna Furst and Katelyn Burrelli also had RBIs for Neshannock.
"We have lots of kids back from last year," Neshannock coach Tracy Kimmel said. "The playoffs are full of pressure. One bad game and you're going home. Our experience has been big."
Other Class A softball
• Southern Huntingdon 6, Carmichaels 2: District 6 runner-up Southern Huntingdon rallied from a 2-1 deficit by scoring five runs in the sixth and seventh to earn a win at Everett. Erica Burns had three hits and an RBI for Carmichaels (22-4).
• Fort LeBoeuf 1, Greensburg Salem 0: Jayne Oberdorf threw a one-hitter, but it wasn't enough for WPIAL champion Greensburg Salem, which lost to District 10 champion at Slippery Rock University. Greensburg Salem (22-3) committed two errors in the first that led to the only run.
• Ambridge 5, Greencastle-Antrim 3: Hannah Smith's three-run home run highlighted a five-run fifth for Ambridge (18-4), which came back from three runs down to edge District 3 champion Greenscastle-Antrim at Bedford. Ambridge's Hannah Krokonko went 3 for 3 with an RBI. Greencastle-Antrim scored three runs in the fifth. Smith pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.
• Philipsburg-Osceola 3, Deer Lakes 1: Deer Lakes (19-2) gave up three runs in the first and couldn't recover in a loss to District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola at Bedford. Deer Lakes scored its only run when Katie Gozzard's sacrifice fly in the fourth drove in Becca Babincak.
Class AA baseball
• Beaver 1, Mount Union 0: Outfielder Jordan Yates threw out a Mount Union player at home plate to provide the final out of the game and WPIAL champion Beaver (19-3) slipped past District 6 runner-up in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal at Somerset. Ben Herstine singled in Austin Logan in the third to give Beaver all the offense it needed.