As play began on Thursday, Palmerton was the only team to have clinched a Colonial League tournament berth.
The Blue Bombers finished their CL schedule with a 12-4 mark and have a shot at being the top seed when the Colonial's final four unfolds on Tuesday night.
No matter where they're seeded, the Bombers figure to be tough to beat. Certainly, defending league champ Pen Argyl doesn't want to see Palmerton since the Green Knights have lost twice to Glenn Reimer's team — 10-8 and 5-3.
Freshman pitcher Kendra Pekurny has played a big role in Palmerton going from rebuilding mode to championship contender.
However, Reimer said that many of his girls have had a hand in the team's surprising spring.
First baseman Abby Reimer, the coach's daughter, has hit .588 during the team's winning streak and shortstop Janel Tracy has hit .546.
Senior second baseman Sammie Doherty has also been impressive at the top of the order, hitting .408 in her first year of high school softball.
The Bombers might be on the verge of a dynasty, considering the team's youth.
Reimer starts just two seniors and has five sophomores and a pair of freshmen rounding out the lineup.
In all, the team features 13 girls in either 9th or 10th grade.
•Speaking of young players, Liberty's Victoria Schmidt had an impressive performance on Monday when she tossed a four-hit shutout against Pleasant Valley for her first career victory.
•Wilson's Michaela Moninghoff had a day to remember on Monday against Salisbury. She hit a pair of home runs, went 4-for-4 and drove in nine runs in a 14-4 victory that clinched the Warriors' second straight district playoff berth. She was also the winning pitcher.
Wilson has qualified for districts for the third time in four years after not qualifying at all through the 1990s and 2000s.
The Lehigh Valley Conference tournament is set. It will begin on Monday night at Pates Park with Bethlehem Catholic playing Freedom in the 5 p.m. opener and Northampton facing Emmaus in the 7 p.m. nightcap. The winners return to Pates Park for the league title game at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The Colonial League tournament is set to begin on Tuesday night. It looks like the four teams will be Palmerton, Pen Argyl, Notre Dame and Catasauqua. However, Southern Lehigh still had a shot to get in there and as of Thursday, no seeds were determined.
The semis will be held at 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pates and the finals are set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Pates after the LVC title game.
The Mountain Valley Conference semis will be held on Wednesday and the championship game on Friday with Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg the overwhelming favorites to play for the crown.
The Berks County quarterfinals were held on Thursday with both No. 2 seed Brandywine and No. 6 Kutztown in action at Lyons. The semis are set for 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Lyons with the finals slated for Tuesday night.
Lehigh opened up defense of its Patriot League title with a 3-1 tourney win over Colgate on Thursday at Kaufman Field. It was the Mountain Hawks' 13th straight win. Lehigh is back in action at 10 a.m. Friday against Army.
DeSales defeated Kean University 1-0 behind a 3-hit shutout by freshman D.J, McCauley on Thursday in its first game in the NCAA Division III regional at Montclair, N.J.
Saint Joseph's, coached by Allentown native Terri Adams, beat St. Louis 4-3 on Thursday in its first game in the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Hawks, having a remarkable 35-8-1 season, will play Fordham at 10 a.m. on Friday in the tourney hosted by UMass.
Adams, by the way, was named the A10's coach of the year, becoming the first Saint Joe's coach ever to receive the honor.