HARRISBURG -- Teams that makes a state final all have one thing in common -- resiliency.

Upper Dauphin's resiliency was put to the test in Monday's 1-0 nine-inning victory over Williams Valley in the PIAA Class A semifinal at Brightbill Park.

It started when the Trojans arrived for the game and freshman Sarah Dietrich had forgotten her uniform, forcing her to wear No. 40 instead of her normal No. 3.

It reach its peak in the sixth inning of the game when the Trojans had two runners thrown out at the plate on the same play.

Williams Valley pitcher Meg Soracelli pitched five perfect innings to start the game, before freshman Lindsey Brown singled for Upper Dauphin's first hit of the game lead off the bottom of the sixth. Autumn Snyder then pinch ran. Katrina Wolfe walked to put runners on first and second. Emalie Stroup sacrificed the runners to second and third.

That brought leadoff hitter Janelle Antes to the plate with one out. Antes slapped a ball to shortstop. Upper Dauphin coach Rich Keeney, hoping to force the action, sent Snyder to the plate. Williams Valley shortstop Mandi Nestor had enough time to nail Snyder for the second out of the inning.

Antes, recognizing the situation, tried to get into a rundown between first and second, attempting to get Wolfe home. Williams Valley catcher Krista Zerby threw the ball back to Nestor. Wolfe took off for home, Nestor got her second assist on the play, as Zerby tagged out Wolfe for the final out of the inning.

"I got aggressive because I thought we had to do something," Keeney said. "In game like this and it was 0-0, it just seemed like it could go on and on. It was a mistake on my part."

With such an ugly ending to an inning, the Trojans could have taken that on the field with them, but they didn't let it effect them.

"It does stink that we got so close to scoring and then we didn't," Antes said. "Defense is our strong point. We know we can't take our offensive failures out on the field."

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