By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
CATAWISSA -- Having played summer ball with her last year, Southern Columbia pitcher Mallory Tomaschik was fully aware just how talented an all-around player Lourdes Regional's CharLee Rosini is.
So with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning and Rosini in the batter's box Friday, Tomaschik realized the Red Raiders' most dangerous hitter was able to take back the lead.
Rosini hit a 2-1 pitch for what appeared to be a deep shot to center. Tomaschik turned in the circle to see her center fielder make an easy catch and get the Tigers out of the jam.
Unfortunately for Lourdes, the same wasn't true when a similar situation unfolded in the bottom of the eighth.
Jaydn Dunkelberger ripped an 0-2 pitch through the right side of the infield and, as soon as she made contact, the Tigers started jumping up and down and screaming with excitement. Haley Levan crossed the plate for the game-winning run in Southern Columbia's 5-4 extra-innings win in the District 4 Class AA quarterfinals on a chilly Friday afternoon.
"We wanted to win as soon as we started getting down," Tomaschik said. "(It) just didn't seem like it was going to happen, but then rallying back just makes it that much better."
Lourdes collected eight hits (four doubles) in the loss and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Caity Funk hit a single down the third-base line to drive in Peyton Klembara.
The Red Raiders (14-7) then took advantage of a handful of Southern Columbia (15-6) errors in the third inning to build a lead.
After Klembara led off with a double to left and Emily Long walked, a throwing error allowed Klembara to cross the plate. Long then scored from third on a pop out behind first base, beating the throw to the plate.