Two-run HR in 12th lifts Canon-McMillan to PIAA Class AAAA softball title

Written by Nick Veronica on .

Post-Gazette writer Nick Veronica covered Friday’s PIAA Class AAAA softball championship game between Canon-McMillan and Neshaminy. Click here to read his story.

"UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Canon-McMillan senior pitcher Alayna Astuto gave her team all it could ask for in the PIAA championship -- seven innings of no-run, no-hit softball.

When even that wasn't enough to lead the Big Macs past District 1 Neshaminy for the PIAA Class AAAA title at first, Astuto kept the no-hitter alive through the eighth. Then she did it again in the ninth.

When the game went to the 10th inning with the score still tied, 0-0, the international tiebreaker went into effect, starting each team with a runner on second. Astuto's shutout and no-hitter were broken up in the 10th as each team scored a run.

That scenario repeated in the 11th before Canon-McMillan freshman Linda Rush clobbered a two-run home run to left-center field in the top of the 12th, and with the insurance, Astuto was at last able to lock down the championship with a 4-3 victory at Nittany Lion Softball Park."

(Photo: Canon-McMillan players celebrate after defeating Neshaminy, 4-3, in 12 innings to win the PIAA Class AAAA softball championship Friday at University Park, Pa. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)