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Riverside falls short in PIAA Class AA softball final

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Post-Gazette writer Craig Meyer covered Friday’s PIAA Class AA softball championship game between Riverside and Brandywine Heights. Click here to read his story.

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"UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The ball hung in the air for a handful of seconds, suspended in flight, before landing a few feet beyond first base, no more than an inch from the white chalk of the foul line.

By the time the game ended three innings later and Brandywine Heights players rushed to the field, it was that inch that kept Riverside and pitcher Kirsten Wilson from their 16th shutout in their past 18 games.

And it was an inch that prevented the Panthers from accomplishing their season-long goal.

With a bloop single from Jessica Musser in the fourth inning, Brandywine Heights broke through for what turned out to be the game's only run in a 1-0 victory Friday in the PIAA Class AA championship at Nittany Lion Softball Park."

(Photo: Riverside players react Friday after losing to Brandywine Heights, 1-0, in the PIAA Class AA softball championship at University Park, Pa. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)