Deuces have been wild for the Greensburg Salem softball team. For the fourth consecutive postseason game, Greensburg Salem scored two runs.
But this time, a deuce didn't give the Lions a winning hand.
Greensburg Salem lost to Springfield-Delco, 3-2, in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals Monday afternoon at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg. The loss kept the Lions from making it to a state championship game for the first time.
This game went the same way as most of Greensburg Salem's postseason games. In other words, it was a one-run game. The Lions (18-3) played seven WPIAL and PIAA playoff contests, and six were decided by one run.
"It was an even game. We just gave them more chances than we got," said Greensburg Salem coach Jody Morgan, who finished her 36th season.
Greensburg Salem scored its two runs in the third inning, taking a 2-0 lead against Springfield-Delco pitcher Courtney Scarpato. But Springfield-Delco (24-4), a District 1 team near Philadelphia, scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to take the lead against Greensburg Salem starter Melissa Wagner. Both teams had six hits. Wagner struck out four and Scarpato two.
In the third, with Claire Oberdorf and Maggie Kallock on base, Kellie Hutchinson hit a run-scoring double. Wagner followed with a grounder to shortstop and Kallock came home when the first baseman dropped the throw. Hutchinson also tried to score on the play, but she was thrown out at home.
"In the third inning, I thought we were in good shape," Morgan said. "Our bats, we just couldn't put our hits together."
Springfield-Delco scored its first run in the fourth when Torey DePietro singled to left, stole second and scored on Kaity Baumann's double. Baumann's double came when two Greensburg Salem outfielders collided on a fly ball.
Springfield-Delco tied it in the fifth when Taylor Winkelman's single brought home Mickey DePietro, who led off the inning with a walk. The winning run scored in the sixth when Nikki DePietro singled to right to score pinch-runner Tara Matteo.
In the bottom of the seventh, Lauren McLaughlin singled with two outs and Oberdorf walked. But Scarpato got a popout to end the game. It was a hard way to end the season.
"We were WPIAL champions last year and in the state playoffs three years," said Morgan. "This is a good group of seniors we're losing."