By AARON PETCHAL
For The Times Leader
RICHMOND The three-peat is complete for Indian Creek.
Steubenville, the No. 2 seed, led 7-5 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was unable to seal the deal as the Redskins stormed back to tie the score. Then with one out, Alexis Monroe scored on an error to complete the comeback as the Indian Creek softball team defeated Big Red, 8-7, Monday evening in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Final at Jefferson Lake State Park.
The victory gave the top-seeded Redskins their third-straight sectional title.
"What a game," Indian Creek (16-2) Indian Creek head coach Angela Penner said. "Our girls never quit. They are Creek tough. They never quit. I am so proud of them."
The loss brought Big Red's season to a heart-breaking conclusion.
"My hat is off to them," second-year Big Red (21-8) head coach Gus DiMarzio said. "They battled the whole game. They are well coached. They have good kids. They fought, just like our kids did.
"Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. When you lose a one-run game, that is the coach's fault."
The bottom of the seventh started and ended with an error.
Mallorie Sullivan started things off by reaching on an error. Then with one out, Bethany Davis singled to put two runners on base. Next, Alexis Monroe and Hannah Webb each belted run-scoring singles to tie the score at 7.
Finally with Monroe on third base and Webb on second, Sydney Keras hit a groundball that was not fielded cleanly on the infield allowing Monroe to score the game-winning run.
In softball, the final out tends to be the toughest one to get.
"It was today," DiMarzio said.
With the win, Indian Creek will play in the district co-final at 5 p.m. against Minerva at Bill Rice Field at River View High School. The winner of the game between the Lions and Redskins will advance to the regional semifinals at 5 p.m. May 28 at Pickerington Central.
Paige Geanangel picked up the win for the Redskins. She struck out nine while walking one.
Offensively, Indian Creek collected 13 hits on the day.
Individually, Monroe recorded two base hits, a home run and four RBI, Davis delivered three singles and Webb ended up with two singles and two RBI.
Also, Geanangel tallied a run-scoring single, Marissa DeFallo finished with two base hits and Sullivan and Keras each contributed one base hit.
Hayley Stamps took the loss for Big Red. She struck out three while issuing one free pass.