Losing in the semifinals, one step away from the championship, is never easy. The way Keystone Oaks saw its WPIAL title hopes vanish was certainly not easy. No. 4 seeded Keystone Oaks (13-5) forced extra innings against top-seeded and unbeaten Beaver Area (15-0) before losing in the bottom of the ninth inning when Beaver's Tayven Rousseau tripled and stole home with two outs. Keystone Oaks had to rally from behind earlier in the game. They knotted the score 1-1 in the sixth inning. Keystone Oaks freshman pitcher Lauren McMillan was the hard luck loser, giving up six hits and striking out five.
Now Keystone Oaks prepares to regroup and keep its season alive when it plays Seton-LaSalle Tuesday, May 27 at 4 p.m. at North Allegheny. The winner of the consolation game advances to the PIAA playoffs. The game pits Section 1-AA rivals against each other. The teams shared the section title this year and split both regular-season meetings. Keystone Oaks won the first meeting at home 1-0 while the Rebels won the regular-season finale, 4-1.