Two-run walk-off gives Chartiers-Houston WPIAL softball crown
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Chartiers-Houston junior Piper McLaughlin wasn't about to be denied a second straight WPIAL Class A softball title.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, McLaughlin slammed a two-run double to lift the Bucs to a 3-2 victory over Carmichaels before 1,907 fans Thursday at California (Pa.) University's Lilley Field.
“I hit the ball and just kept running,” McLaughlin said. “I wasn't aware of the (winning) run coming around, I just kept going.”
It gave Chartiers-Houston its ninth in school history.
The Bucs (23-1) will play District 9 runner-up Brockway on Monday in the PIAA first round. Carmichaels (22-2) will play District 5 champ Fannett-Metal in the PIAA first round Monday. Sites and times for both games are to be determined.
The Mikes took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth when Lindsey Osborne's second double of the game brought home Morgan Berardi, who had reached base on an error.
But Bucs No. 7 hitter Kelly Dufresne opened the bottom of the ninth with a single and took second on a groundout. No 9. hitter Megan Kraushaar singled to left and Samantha Elliott, in to run for Dufresne, moved to third. A pop up to short set the stage for McLaughlin, whose drive to center caromed away from Carmichaels center fielder Megan Bayles to bring home the tying and winning runs.
“Our bottom of the order has done the job all year, making things happen,” Chartiers-Houston coach Trish Alderson said. “We‘ve been blessed to have a lot of good players and a lot of support over the years.”
Carmichaels had several opportunities until breaking through in the seventh. The Mikes had four runners reach third base in the first six innings, but Bucs pitcher Kayla Briggs kept the runners stranded.
“I think Kayla pitched a great game,” Alderson said. “She remained calm, even when we were making some mistakes.”
Carmichaels left 12 runners on base yesterday.
“We played a heckuva game, I thought we had it here a couple of times,” Carmichaels coach Dave Briggs said. “We had our chances, but we just couldn't finish it. We always seemed to be one big hit away from going up big on them.”
George Guido is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Chryst a miserable failure at Pitt
- Pouliot scores in NHL debut as Penguins tame Panthers
- Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches’ firings
- Pitt players support Rudolph for job
- Jeannette company’s miniature steam engines coveted for decades
- Steelers’ Bell, Chiefs’ Charles elevating running back position in NFL
- Pitt football fights to overcome steppingstone status
- Pair of NYC officers killed in ambush shooting
- Steelers notebook: Bell says he’s prepared to test Chiefs defense
- Energy sector adjusts to global oil plummet
- North Huntingdon residents warned about vehicle break-ins