Keith Barnes profiles the Deer Lakes softball team.
"Deer Lakes could not have imagined itself to be in a better position than it was in the PIAA Class AA softball championship game.
Not only did the Lancers have a one-run lead in the bottom of the fourth inning against District 2 champion Holy Redeemer, they had a first-team all-state pitcher on the rubber in Seton Hill recruit Tiffany Edwards, a defense that had played almost flawlessly throughout the season and, to top it off, an offense that had proven it can score nearly at will.
Then the bottom fell out.
Deer Lakes (24-2) uncharacteristically made several mistakes, with a wild pitch, an error, a passed ball and a couple of mental mistakes that allowed the Royals to post a five-run rally that chased Edwards and helped Holy Redeemer to a 10-5 victory at Penn State University's Beard Field."