All Northern Cambria needed was one more basehit, and the Colts would have completed a stunning upset victory over No. 1-seeded Bishop McCort.
Northern Cambria plated six straight runs, including Jessica Krug’s bases-loaded walk that capped a four-run sixth inning, to tie the game at 8-all. But the fourth-seeded Colts’ rally fell short as host Bishop McCort drove in the winning run with a third straight two-out single in the eighth to beat Northern Cambria, 9-8, in a District 6 Class 2A semifinal-round softball game Friday.
Bishop McCort (17-2) will take on second-seeded Marion Center (19-2) in the championship game Wednesday at Saint Francis University.
Northern Cambria wraps up its season with a 12-8 record.
Following a scoreless seventh inning to send the game to an extra frame, Northern Cambria was retired in order with three straight groundouts.
Bishop McCort opened the bottom half with a flyout and a strikeout before Isabella Hunt smacked the last of three consecutive basehits with a pinch-hit RBI single to end the game.
Northern Cambrai trailed 8-4 entering the sixth inning. After a pair of singles and a strikeout, the Colts loaded the bases with a hit batter. Northern Cambria scored once on an error and cut the deficit to one, 8-7, on Camryn Dumm’s two-run single, and after Autumn Donatelli again loaded the bases with a basehit, Krug plated Nicole Bearer for the tying run.
But with a chance to take the first lead, the Colts’ rally came up short with a strikeout and a groundout.
Bishop McCort lead 4-2 before taking a six-run, 8-2 lead with a four-run fourth inning, and Northern Cambria scored twice in the fifth.
Krug had a triple and three RBIs to pace Northern Cambria. Dumm went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, Donatelli and Rayna Buza each singled twice, and Sydney Sheredy scored a pair of runs.
Bishop McCort’s Lauren Dellett earned the complete-game win with six strikeouts.
Bearer was charged with a pair of earned runs and struck out five over four innings of relief to take the loss.