WELLSBORO - The Black Knights jumped out early and then held on as they beat Wellsboro 5-4 in the opening round of District IV, Class AA softball action Tuesday.

Towanda scored three runs in the top of the first to get an quick lead. Wellsboro responded with two runs in the bottom of the second to cut it to 3-2.

The Knights added two more runs in the top of the third with Wellsboro responding with two runs of their in the bottom half of the inning.

It was a stalemate from then on with neither team able to score as the Knights advanced.

"A very good win for the girls," Towanda coach Bryon Fuller said. "The girls did everything that I asked of them tonight. It was just an exciting game right down to the very end. A very good game for us."

Koryn Wickwire led the Knights, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored while Alaina Wickwire added a double, two runs scored and 2-RBI. Mackenzie Roof, Sam Schoonover and Laci Manning also had hits.

Roof and Schoonover both scored while Manning and Sarah Dawsey knocked in one run each.

"We had some timely hitting," Fuller explained. "I had to start three freshmen, they held their own. I commend them for that."

Alaina Wickwire earned the win, striking out five while allowing eight hits, one walk and four earned runs.

Maggie Smith was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and 2-RBI to lead Wellsboro while Sarah Ingerick (2-for-4) and Alexa Singer (2-for-3) also had multiple hits in the game.

Brooke Kohler and Jordan Butters also had hits while Butters added a run scored and an RBI. Paige Carr scored a run while Baylea Lehman added an RBI.

Kohler earns the loss, striking out nine while allowing six hits, four earned runs and three walks.

The Lady Knights will now travel to Loyalsock on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. start.

"They're a tough ball club," Fuller remarked. "But we can play with them."