Though slow to get up, Cerrone returned to the game and, in the fifth, made a sliding catch on a line drive, sparking the Eagles to try and push back late.
But the Eagles were shut out by O'Hara until the seventh, when Cassie Smith and Mikayla Shade hit on back-to-back doubles to plate the Eagles' only run. A batter from bringing the tying run up, Bethlehem could only watch as O'Hara retired, in order, Mazzone, Kat Rice and Cerone to end it.
As CNS returned to the state final four, Bethlehem could still revel in what it did this spring and know that, in 2012, it plans to have seven seniors on its roster, plus Sullivan back in the pitcher's circle.
"I'm so proud of what we accomplished," said Gentile. "But next year, we expect to get to this point again and do better.""