Megan Ryan covered Tuesday's PIAA Class AAA semifinal between Trinity and Bellwood-Antis.
(Photo: Paige Galentine (CQ), a rising senior at Trinity High School, pitches during her team's 3-2 victory over Bellwood-Antis at Latrobe High School. Allison Farrand/Post-Gazette)
"After what Trinity endured in the top of the first inning, a trip to the first PIAA softball final in school history seemed unlikely.
Playing a Bellwood-Antis team that had not conceded a run in the state playoffs was daunting enough. Starting the game with a wild pitch, a hit batter, an error and two runs allowed is not exactly a confidence-builder in a PIAA Class AAA semifinal.
Although Trinity (20-5) trailed for the first time in the PIAA playoffs just minutes into the game, the team worked its way back. It first capitalized on a Bellwood-Antis error and wild pitch to score its own run at the bottom of the first. Four scoreless innings later, senior third baseman Shelby Clemens played the hero, hitting an RBI double to seal the 3-2 win against Bellwood-Antis (18-7) Tuesday at Latrobe.
"Did I want to start that way? Absolutely not," Trinity coach Shawn Gray said. "Our defense is solid, so I wanted the ball put in play. Unfortunately it didn't happen that way.""