In a WPIAL Class AA softball semifinal a year ago against Deer Lakes, Beaver blew a seven-run lead and lost.
The two teams met again Thursday, but this time there were far fewer runs and no comeback for the Lancers.
Casey Farkasovsky pitched a three-hit shutout to lift No. 1-seeded Beaver (16-0) to a 2-0 win against No. 2 Deer Lakes (18-1) in a battle of unbeatens in the WPIAL Class AA championship at Lilley Field on the campus of California University.
It was the first WPIAL softball title for the Bobcats.
“I just wanted to beat them because they came back and gave us what we deserved last year,” Farkasovsky said. “This year we came out crisp. We were ready for this game.”
Farkasovsky started strong against Deer Lakes a year ago, retiring the first six hitters. But after almost two hours worth of delays, Beaver tagged her for eight runs in the third inning.
Farkasovsky kept Deer Lakes hitless Thursday through the first three innings, and this time was able to get out of a few jams on her way to a shutout.
“[Farkasovsky] pitched a great game,” Deer Lakes coach Craig Tailiani said. “She mixed her pitches well and kept them in a good place.”
And she got some support as Beaver played small ball.
Katherine Glass started the top of the third inning by bunting for a single, moved to third on two sacrifice bunts and scored when Jennifer Kondracki reached on an error.
In the fifth, after Jaydaline Justice led off with a single, the Bobcats again used the next two hitters to sacrifice Justice to third. It worked again as Justice scored on a wild pitch by Deer Lakes’ Tiffany Edwards to make it 2-0.
“I tell [our players] that the bunts are going to be a big part of the game and they work hard at it,” Beaver coach Butch Rousseau said.
Deer Lakes had its chances to cut into the lead, but couldn’t get a timely hit.
The Lancers had two runners in scoring position with one out in the fourth after Sierra Sarver and Edwards had back-to-back hits. But Farkasovsky struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Then in the fifth, the Lancers had their No. 3 hitter, Katie Gozzard, at the plate with two runners on, but she flew out to center to end the inning.
Farkasovsky didn’t allow a hit in the final two innings to close out the game.
The Lancers also got a solid pitching performance from Edwards, who allowed six hits and one earned run in seven innings. But it wasn’t enough as Deer Lakes, the 2012 WPIAL champions, lost its first game of the season in the championship for the second year in a row.