"No one, of course, could have predicted with absolute certainty that Deer Lakes' Siera Sarver was going to deliver the winning hit in the eighth inning of the WPIAL Class AA softball championship game last Thursday.
But it was a virtual lock that she was going to at least put the ball in play and give the Lancers a chance to end it right there.
Sure, Sarver had a recent history of delivering in extra-inning situations during the playoffs. But perhaps more importantly, she also always makes contact -- virtually every time Sarver comes to the plate, she puts the ball in play.
"I can say it now," Lancers coach Craig Taliani said after the WPIAL title game. "I didn't want to say anything before and jinx her. But in the semifinal against Neshannock, she struck out -- and that was her first strikeout in two [high school] seasons.""