RICHMOND - The three-peat is complete for Indian Creek.
Steubenville, the No. 2 seed, led 7-5 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was unable to seal the deal as the Redskins stormed back to tie the score. Then with one out, Alexis Monroe scored on an error to complete the comeback as the Indian Creek softball team defeated Big Red, 8-7, on Monday in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Final at Jefferson Lake State Park.
The victory gave the top-seeded Redskins their third straight sectional title.
Photo by Aaron Petchal/Indian Creek players gather near the dugout following their 8-7 win against Steubenville Monday in an Ohio Division II?Eastern District Sectional Final at Jefferson Lake State Park.
"What a game," Indian Creek (16-2) coach Angela Penner said. "Our girls never quit. They are Creek tough. They never quit. I am so proud of them."
The loss brought Big Red's magical season to a heartbreaking conclusion.
"My hat is off to them," second-year Big Red (21-8) coach Gus DiMarzio said. "They battled the whole game. They are well-coached. They have good kids. They fought, just like our kids did.
"Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. When you lose a one-run game, that is the coach's fault."
The bottom of the seventh started and ended with an error.
Mallorie Sullivan started things off by reaching on an error. Then with one out, Bethany Davis singled to put two runners on base. Next, Monroe and Hannah Webb each belted run-scoring singles to tie the score at 7-7.
Finally with Monroe on third base and Webb on second, Sydney Keras hit a ground ball that was not fielded cleanly on the infield allowing Monroe to score the game-winning run.
In softball, the final out tends to be the toughest one to get.
"It was ," DiMarzio said.
Indian Creek will play in the district co-final at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Minerva at Bill Rice Field at River View High School. The winner advances to the Region 7 Semifinals at 5 p.m. May 28 at Pickerington Central High School.
Paige Geanangel picked up a victory for the Redskins. She struck out nine while walking one.
Offensively, Indian Creek collected 13 hits. Individually, Monroe recorded two base hits, a home run and four RBI, Davis delivered three singles and Webb ended up with two singles and two RBI.
Also, Geanangel tallied a run-scoring single and Marissa DeFallo finished with two base hits.
"We put ourselves in some tough positions," Penner said. "We had a few errors and a few mental lapses that put us in a hole at times ... Big Red battled back."
Hayley Stamps took a loss for Big Red. She struck out three while issuing one free pass. Offensively, Big Red pounded out 10 hits. Individually, Mytia Barker recorded a single, a double and an RBI, Tenia Barker and Keasha Barz each contributed two singles and an RBI and Sierra Fields and Abby Taylor each tallied a single and an RBI.