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The Ligonier Valley High School softball team lost 8-7 to Phillipsburg-Osceola in the final of the District 6 AA championship. Hoping to avenge previous playoff losses, manager Mark Zimmerman said it was a disappointing result.
“You come up here to win it,” Zimmerman said. “You don't come up here to play well and have a good showing, or anything like that. We knew it was going to be a tough game and that's exactly what it turned into. Both teams made some mistakes, and gave up some runs they wish they hadn't given up and we just couldn't get it stopped when we needed to.”
Maddy Grimm went two for two with a double and a home run, scored two runs. At Grimm's third and fourth at-bats, the Phillipsburg pitcher gave Grimm intentional walks to neutralize her hitting power.
“Even with the intentional walk, it still put Maddy on base,” Zimmerman commented. “That's where we like to put her, and when she's on base that's a win for us. She doesn't like it, but it's happened to her before.”
After the first inning, the Rams found themselves in a 2-0 deficit. However, Ligonier took the lead in the third, scoring five runs. The rally began when Grimm hit a single-shot home run. Jackie Berry then hit a single, followed by Courtney Frappier, who moved Berry to third. Rachel Wallace then singled to drive in Berry, and two errors put Hannah Yeskey on third, and brought in Wallace and Frappier to score. The last run of the inning came when Brittany Lynch grounded out to bat in Yeskey.
Phillipsburg scored a run in the bottom of the third, and retook the lead in the fifth, scoring four runs, followed by another in the sixth. With their last at bat, the Phillipsburg pitcher intentionally walked Grimm then walked Berry. Frappier drove in Grimm and Berry on a two-base error, making it a one-run game with two outs. Rachel Wallace grounded to first base to give Phillipsburg the final out and the championship.
“These girls fought hard and they came back,” Zimmerman said. “They hung in there tonight. They could have mailed it in against Phillipsburg and they didn't. We had the winning run 120 feet away, and we didn't strike out, we put the ball in play. What else can you ask for?”