WPIAL softball finalist Deer Lakes doesn't mind playing waiting game
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Deer Lakes softball has proven it doesn't mind waiting. And it will do so again before the biggest game of its season.
The Class-AA No. 1-seeded Lancers (18-0) will have sat for seven days when they play their next game, the WPIAL championship, on Thursday against No. 3 Riverside (18-0) at California (Pa.) University.
Deer Lakes didn't play for 10 days before its playoff opener after receiving a first-round bye. And the team waited out a pair of weather delays lasting 123 minutes in the semifinals.
Both were thrilling wins.
The Lancers plan to stay busy during the down time with practices and, “We may try and get a scrimmage in,” coach Craig Taliani said.
The team took Thursday and Saturday off and has a morning practice planned for Monday.
“I think we are capable of waiting; If anything, we learned from mistakes in our last game and will want to play even more — and better,” senior shortstop Becca Babincak said.
Although some Lancers players said they'd like to play right away, their coach thinks more time to prepare could be paramount against Riverside, which has 16 shutouts this year.
“Riverside is a great team,” Taliani said. “We need the time to prepare as much as possible.”
The Lancers have dominated most opponents.
They've only trailed three times all season, and rallied each time. They fell behind, 1-0, against Burrell in Section 3 play before posting a 2-1 win.
In the quarterfinals, the Lancers were down, 2-0, to McGuffey before turning the tables for a 13-3 win.
And then came Wednesday's semifinal comeback over Beaver, which saw a 7-0 deficit disappear in one inning as Deer Lakes won, 11-7.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at email@example.com.
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.
- Steelers film session: Harrison on the field often
- Authorities accuse South Fayette commissioner of insurance fraud
- Steelers are vowing to fix the costly penalties, lack of self-discipline
- Mental health facility won’t take Franklin Regional stabbing suspect as patient
- 20 improbable Pirates wins in 2014
- Body found in Allegheny River near Clemente Bridge
- No one way to fix Western Pennsylvania’s heroin problem, report says
- Western Pa. unemployment rate holds steady in August
- Healthy again, Penguins’ Dupuis eager for game action
- Prosecutors float possibility of jail time for former Justice Melvin
- Shooting victim identified in Lawrence Co. home invasion