Softball teams hit the road for state playoffs

Warrior Run’s Gracy Beachel swings at a pitch from Bloomsburg’s Ellen Hull, as Lilly Yablonski plays catcher during Saturday’s district final.

Unbeaten Pine Grove used a seven-run fourth inning to topple District 4 runner-up Warrior Run, 8-0, in the PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

After three scoreless innings, the Cardinals (25-0) scored 7 times in the fourth while only hitting the ball out of the infield one time. Pine Grove tacked on a run in the fifth.

Warrior Run's first hit came in the seventh inning on a single by Gracey Beachel. 

The Defenders end the season 21-4. Pine Grove will meet either District 4 champion Bloomsburg or Delone Catholic in Monday's semifinal.