FRAZER - Jennie Moore packs a powerful punch in her diminutive frame.
Anyone who has seen the Phoenixville junior shortstop play softball will attest to that fact.
On Tuesday afternoon, batting out of the critical No. 3 spot in the batting order, Moore unloaded a pair of triples that helped spark the Phantoms to a 7-0 victory over Nazareth Academy in the District 1-AA semifinals at Great Valley High School.
Phoenixville senior pitcher Bri Saville was also a star once again as she hurled a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks. The third-seeded Phantoms (13-8) backed her with flawless defense and an 11-hit assault in a complete effort against the second-seeded Fighting Pandas (15-5).
The Phantoms will play for the district championship Thursday at a site and time to be determined. Their opponent will be the winner of today's other semifinal which pits top-seeded St. Basil's and No. 4 Octorara. That contest will be played this afternoon at Phoenixville's diamond.
Moore set the tone for the Phantoms with two outs in the top of the first inning. She cracked an 0-1 pitch to the left-center field gap for her first triple but was left stranded. In the third inning, Moore roped a 1-2 delivery to the right-center field alley with two outs for an RBI triple that made it 2-0.
"On the one, I kept my weight back on a changeup," Moore said. "On the other one, it was a fastball outside and I took it to right field.
"We heard their pitcher (Kaity Jefferson) was really good and she was. We just came out and played great defense. We all hit. It was just like Friday (against Upper Moreland). We got big hits and big runs."
The Phantoms added one run in the fifth inning and rallied for four more tallies in the sixth on five hits and two errors as they batted around.
Meanwhile, Saville limited the Pandas to a leadoff bunt single by Kim Lazar in the first inning and a two-out double to right-center by Jaime Jurewicz in the seventh inning. In between she retired 20 straight batters and finished the deal on just 72 pitches..
"She (Saville) is amazing," Moore said. "I have so much respect for her and the way she pitched the last two games. She showed she is one of the top pitchers around. She is the foundation of the team.
"It would be nice for her (lone senior) to go out with a championship. She has worked so hard. A championship would be a great accomplishment for her.
Saville also helped herself with a leadoff double in the sixth inning that ignited the four-run uprising.
Alison Iacobucci (two RBI), Jess Pierce, Moore and Liz Newcomb (two runs) recorded two-hit outings for the Phantoms.
"We had fun today," said Phantoms coach Joe Bogus. "Bri pitched another outstanding game. Jennie Moore had two big triples. Jess Pierce had some nice hits. Liz Newcomb, the ball had eyes. Rachel Linneman had a nice sacrifice bunt.
"The kids came out and were doing what was needed to do to win. We played good defense. We did all the things right so far. The next step is the big one, the district championship. It doesn't matter who we play. It is how we play. We have to come out and play."
The Pandas committed four errors and the Phantoms capitalized on them.
"We probably had our worst game of the year," said Nazareth coach Bob Keating. "We didn't hit, we didn't field, all the aspects of the game. We looked tired. We had a terrific season. We don't have to hang our heads. We have some seniors graduating, but we will be back next year."
Jefferson allowed four earned runs with five strikeouts and one walk.