Defending Pioneer Athletic Conference champion Boyertown took advantage of six Phoenixville errors in issuing the Phantoms a 5-1 setback.

The contest further tightened the PAC-10 race. Phoenixville is now 3-1 in the PAC-10 (4-1 overall) while the Bears raised their record to 2-2 (3-2 overall).

Megan Sheeler picked up the mound victory for the Bears. She allowed no earned runs and six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

The Bears supported her with two runs in the first inning and single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames.

Phoenixville hurler Bri Saville allowed seven hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts and one walk.

"We didn't play well at times," said Phoenixville coach Joe Bogus. "We gave them two unearned runs in the first inning. You can't do that against a good team. We put ourselves in a hole. A couple of times we left runners in scoring position."

The Phantoms stranded seven baserunners and the Bears, who committed three errors of their own, left eight.

"We had quite a few runners left in scoring position," said Boyertown coach Sue Benfield. "We rearranged our batting order and scored more runs than we have been. Megan Sheeler pitched a nice game. Their center fielder (Lindsay Neal) played a nice game for them. She made a nice catch with runners on."

Shortstop Katie Fisher went 2-for-4 with a run batted in for the Bears. Catcher Kristen Beaver, the leadoff batter, went 1-for-3 with a solo home run on a sinking line drive to center field in the sixth, two runs scored and one RBI. She also walked once.

Cleanup batter Megan Ritchey, the first baseman, tripled to right-center field to lead off the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Krystal Noyes.

"We are fighting back," Benfield said. "We have a lot more inexperience this year, but the players are coming along. We lost a lot of good seniors from last year, but I see good things for this team."

Neal and second baseman Jess Pierce each singled twice for the Phantoms, who are back in action today at home against another highly touted team in Lansdale Catholic. Shortstop Jennie Moore tripled to right-center in the first inning but was stranded.

"Their pitcher did a good job," Bogus said. "She pitched last year. We didn't play well enough to win. They played a better game than us today. We have to get ready for the next game, but it won't be easy."

In the first inning, Beaver reached on a two-base error and moved up on Jenna Hoffman's sacrifice bunt. Jamie Unger lined a shot back at Saville for an infield single. Beaver scored on a throwing error, and Ritchey plated the second run with a sacrifice fly.

Phoenixville scored in the fifth inning. Pierce reached third base via an error and scored on an RBI groundout by leadoff batter Alison Iacobucci, the Phantoms' third baseman.

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