Mars earned a crucial section win on the road against section rival Knoch. The two section favorites played on April 10 and it is no surprise that seven innings were not enough to settle the score. The visiting Planets took a two-run lead in the top of the eighth innings on RBIs from Nikki Shlegel and Jeanna Sybert.
The win created a three-way tie atop Section 5-AAA with Mars (5-1, 3-1), Highlands (3-1, 3-1) and Hampton (3-2, 3-1) all tied for first ahead of Knoch (4-3, 2-2), Kittanning (1-4, 1-3) and Indiana (1-4, 0-4). Mars begins the second half of its section schedule on April 17 when it hosts Indiana. A major section showdown on April 22 between Mars and Highlands could very well decide the section.