The Trinity High School softball team looked to be headed for a major upset during a Class 3A sectional semifinal June 9, leading top-seeded Montini 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth.

But Taylor Utrata hit a two-run homer off Danielle Hoffman to tie the game for the Broncos. Then in the seventh, Miranda Bondurant’s one-out double plated Amanda Wozniak with the game-winning run as Montini dealt Trinity a season-ending 3-2 defeat.

“We played well, but just couldn’t hang on,” said Trinity coach Bob Osborne. “Montini is a good team, and we went punch to punch with them.”

Despite the loss, Osborne deemed the season a success, given the Blazers’ program has gone through four coaches in the previous four years.

“The kids believed they could beat Montini. “Earlier, I don’t think that would’ve been the case,” Osborne said. “We had to go through a process and I thought the girls did a great job. We became a tough team to beat at season’s end, and people noticed us.”

Jessica Hoffman — Danielle’s older sister who will attend Ball State University in the fall — headlines a group of four seniors exiting the program. But with the majority of Trinity’s roster returning, there is cause for optimism next season.

“They’ve worked hard and bought in,” said Osborne. “[That culture] was gone when I came back here, and I had to rebuild it. We’re in a better position now, but we need to keep improving and bring in more talent.”

Marist too much for Huskies

OPRF softball coach Mel Kolbusz knew that in order to pull an upset in a Class 4A sectional semifinal June 9 at top-ranked Marist, his Huskies would need to play a perfect game.

Unfortunately, the Redhawks’ leadoff batter doubled and then came around to score on two errant throws. That set an ominous tone for the day as the Huskies (16-7) committed multiple errors in a 9-0 loss.

“Marist is the number one team for a reason. We knew we had our job cut out for us,” said Kolbusz. “The kids believed they could win, but we couldn’t make any mistakes, and that first play happened.”

The entire OPRF pitching staff of Cassie Metzger, Alex Prouty and Emma Brandt will need to be replaced next season as all three have graduated and there are no others with varsity experience.

But Kolbusz says that there is strong talent at the lower levels which, along with the experience gained by the returning regulars, should ensure another competitive season for the Huskies in 2022.

“I told the team to do whatever you need to do in order to improve and be better than you were this year,” he said.

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