WHEELING - The Indian Creek softball team has been on the cusp of the OVAC 5A title game for a few seasons now.
"We've been knocking at the door the last five years," Redskins coach Angie Penner said.
It's finally their time to go in that door.
Creek blanked Cambridge, 6-0, in an OVAC 5A semifinal at the I-470 Youth Sports Complex on Friday. It will face John Marshall, which beat Wheeling Park in the nightcap, at 1:30 today.
"I think the all the kids were excited to get out to play," Penner said. "You try to get that consistency, so it was good to finally be out for a game.
"We were ready to go. They worked very hard for this."
Junior pitcher Paige Geanangel struck out 13 batters - a season high - without issuing a walk. She allowed four hits, including a leadoff double by Audrey Tingle.
"We're glad that our girls came to play," Penner said. "Paige usually is not outworked. She is peaking at the right time in the season, too. Let's hope she's on for the championship game now."
John Marshall beat the Redskins in last year's semifinal. Nearly a decade ago, Creek made its last appearance in the OVAC title game, playing Wheeling Park.
The Redskins collected three runs in both the third and fourth innings in this one.
Geanangel and Abby Orr, both reaching on singles, came around to score on Bethany Davis' single to take a 2-0 lead in the third. Then, Davis scored on Alexis Monroe's single to right field.
In the fourth inning, Hannah Webb, Sydney Karis and Marissa DeFallo collected three singles in a row to load the bases. With nobody out, Orr delivered a double, which scored all three. It capped the scoring as the Redskins were sent down in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
Creek tallied 10 hits, with Geanangel and Mallorie Sullivan adding first-inning singles and Karis singling in the second.
Cambridge left five runners on base, all in the first four innings.
"They battled in the beginning," Penner said. "Cambridge was a worthy opponent."
The Redskins are 12-1, with their only loss coming against Buckeye Local.
"We're happy to have a chance to play for a championship," Penner said. "The girls just don't quit. They keep after it."