Brashear celebrates the City League title Wednesday at McGibbney Park in Brookline. The Bulls defeated Allderdice, 8-3.
By Stephen J. Nesbitt Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It's on to the PIAA playoffs for the undefeated Brashear softball team.
The Bulls used a late offensive onslaught Wednesday to gain an 8-3 victory against Allderdice in the final City League championship game.
It is the fourth consecutive City League title for the Bulls (18-0) and their fifth in sixth years.
The Dragons (11-8) got on the scoreboard first, taking advantage of some uncharacteristic inconsistency from Brashear ace Kaylee Girdwood (15-0) to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning at McGibbney Field in Brookline.
Girdwood, a senior, admitted she was battling nerves. Her early woes were punctuated by an RBI double down the right-field line by Allderdice sophomore pitcher Samantha McKown.
"I was a little shocked at how well they were hitting her because they haven't really hit her well at all this season," said senior center fielder Chelsea Minsinger.
Allderdice coach Dave Walchesky said getting to Girdwood early was part of the game plan for the Dragons, who had dropped two decisions to Brashear by 11-1 scores earlier in the season.
"We wanted to get ourselves into the game to put a little pressure onto Brashear," Walchesky said. "I think we were able to do that.
"But that's a seasoned team -- this isn't the first time they've been in the championship ... and they played like it."
The Bulls struck back in the third inning to reclaim the lead. After stranding runners in scoring position in the first two innings, Brashear senior first baseman Jena Kolb stepped to the plate with two runners on and smacked a fastball to the warning track in right field for an RBI double. Minsinger followed by doubling off the fence in left to plate two more runs.
After Brashear gained the lead, Girdwood returned to form and mowed down the Dragons lineup, allowing just three hits the rest of the way.
"She's tough," Brashear coach Hank Hogle said. "She gives up a couple runs here and there and she just keeps going forward. Nothing seems like it bothers her."
Brashear added five runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
It was the final City League game, since the league will join the WPIAL next season.