Sarah Spencer covered Thursday's PIAA Class 4A softball championship between Mount Pleasant and Tunkhannock.
(Photo: Mount Pleasant celebrates its PIAA 4A championship Thursday. Antonella Crescimbeni/Post-Gazette)
"Mount Pleasant's philosophy was simple — it's OK to have butterflies. It's OK to be nervous, especially in your first PIAA championship appearance.
That motto ended up helping the Vikings to victory, a 5-3 win for the Class 4A title against Tunkhannock on Thursday at Nittany Lion Softball Park in State College. But it would have been impossible to guess just how key it would be.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Tunkhannock threatened as Hope Jones, Faith Jones and Paige Mokychic singled consecutively to load the bases with no outs.
Mount Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic got Jenna Simmons to strike out looking and Kendra Shultz to fly out. One gentle toss of Sarah Traver's grounder to first base, and Alcinic had effectively crawled out of the jam, preserving the Vikings' 5-2 lead."