The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 24, 2013

H.S. softball: Southern Columbia beats Lourdes with walk-off single in extra innings


Gabby Long reached on an error in left field that scored another run for a 4-1 lead over the defending Class A state finalist.

"The girls played fantastic. I thought if we put the ball in play, we were going to come away winners. We fell just short," Lourdes coach Scott Long said. "(We) put a lot of balls in play (and) our defense played pretty well. I thought there were a couple of times where we had the game won."

Southern Columbia got the spark it needed offensively in the bottom of the fifth when Blaire Johnston crushed a towering shot over the center field fence to tie the game at 4.

"That was huge. As soon as it went over, we all just went crazy," Tomaschik said. "I think that kind of changed the game for us; that was like the turning point. After that, we all kind of fought more."

The Tigers' defense played solid all game, forcing Lourdes to strand a runner in all eight innings, including two in the seventh and bases loaded in the eighth. Tomaschik ended the game with seven strikeouts, recording the 400th of her career in the first inning.

"This was a good softball game. We put the ball in play and kept pressure on their defense," Scott Long said. "Char pitched a fine game."

Rosini struck out six for Lourdes and gave up just two extra-base hits -- a double and home run.

When Tomaschik didn't sit down a batter, the Tigers' defense stepped up.

In the sixth inning, with Rosini on second and just one out, Funk hit a bullet ticketed for the outfield. Southern shortstop Kirstin Blass made an excellent play to stop the shot and keep Rosini at second as she got Funk out. The Red Raiders grounded out two batters later to end the inning without scoring.

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