The Trinity softball team put up a fight against Marist on Monday night, but it was the Redhawks that earned their ticket downstate.
Marist defeated the Blazers 8-3 in the Class 4A supersectional at Rosemont Stadium. Trinity (30-8) wouldn't go down easily despite trailing 8-1 entering the top of the seventh inning. Back-to-back singles by sophomores Alyssa Marfoe and Michela Williams got things going. Senior Taylor Lang was then a victim of an outstanding catch by Marist shortstop Brooke Wyderski, who doubled up Williams at second base.
Junior Abby Ramirez gave the Blazers new life with a two-out RBI triple to score Marfoe, and junior Ashley Klauss followed with an RBI double down the right field line. Nicole Evans kept the inning alive with a single to left field, but a groundout ended the game.
"It was an amazing play," said Evans of Wyderski's game-saving double play for the Redhawks. "We talked before the game about how this was going to come down to who wants it more, and who doesn't want their seniors to leave more. (The Redhawks) played a great game, and I wish them all the best. It was really a fight to the end."
Junior pitcher Chase Machain went seven innings and gave up 10 hits, as she struck out two while allowing one walk. The Blazers' defense accounted for seven errors in the game, which made it even harder for them to bounce back.
"Chase pitched well, and got us out of certain situations," said Blazers head coach Bob Osborne. "Every run was unearned, so that makes it very tough. We needed to get things going a little bit earlier (than the seventh inning). With seven errors, you don't deserve to win the game. "
Earlier in the season, Trinity lost to Marist 8-2.
"We knew it was going to be tough, but we never gave up hope," said Evans. "We thought we were going to fight through this game and take our legacy downstate for our seniors."
The sectional champion Blazers have a lot to be proud of, and Osborne said he realizes it's not easy to get as far as his team did.
"I thought we played great," said Osborne. "Winning a sectional is hard, especially in 4A. We don't take that for granted. I had a lot of fun with this group, and I'll definitely miss the seniors."
With seven starters returning next season, Evans said she is excited to pick up where the senior class left off and help lead the team to another sectional title and beyond.
"(The seniors) are all a huge part of our team and chemistry," said Evans. "But we have a lot of great junior leaders who are going to step up. We have a lot of freshman coming in too, so it will be good to build them up and get the program going and continue to do what the seniors have done for us."