Kellie Hutchinson stood in the batter's box with a 3-0 count and received strict instructions from catcher Taylor Mehan, who was on deck: "Red light. Don't swing."
Instead, Hutchinson lined a shot between the third baseman and shortstop, scoring one run. Suddenly, Greensburg Salem had a 4-0 lead, and the chance to make school history seemed all too real.
"[The heck with] the red light," Hutchinson said. "I'm just going for it."
With pitcher Jayne Oberdorf starting for the Golden Lions, the four runs were more than enough. Oberdorf improved to 20-0 for the season, as Greensburg Salem (21-2) won its first WPIAL AAA championship, defeating Ambridge, 8-0, Thursday at California University's Lilley Field.
Ambridge's record fell to 16-4.
Oberdorf's sister, Claire, opened the game with a single into right field that started the Golden Lions' scoring barrage.
After bunting Claire Oberdorf to second base, Hutchinson ripped a shot down the third-base line, allowing Jayne to score from second. Catcher Taylor Mehan followed with a double, giving the Golden Lions a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, left fielder Maggie Kallock dribbled a ground ball past the Ambridge second baseman to score a third run.
"Give us two and we'd be OK," Golden Lions coach Jody Morgan remembers thinking before the game.
The victory carried extra weight for Morgan, who will not be teaching next year and has not made a decision if she'll be coach next season.
Morgan has spent the past four years coaching Oberdorf, who pitched her 14th shutout of the season and powered through the Bridgers lineup, giving up four hits and striking out 10.
One of Ambridge's few scoring opportunities came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Oberdorf allowed a leadoff single to Ambridge third baseman Lauren Sivewright, who advanced to second on a steal.
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