The Greens Farms Academy softball team was down to its last strike, trailing 8-5. It looked like another frustrating game for a team that has struggled to stay consistent. But Brooke Cirillo would not give in with the bases loaded.
St. Luke's starter Janay Parrott was tiring, but the Storm had no other available pitchers. Cirillo fouled off three pitches to stay alive on a full count and worked a walk to force in a run. That mental victory opened the floodgates for the Lady Dragons.
Before the top of the seventh inning was over, Greens Farms would not only take its first lead of the game, but it also sent 17 batters to the plate and scored an incredible 12 two-out runs to take an 18-8 lead. St. Luke's pushed across three runs in its last at bat, but it was too little, too late, as Greens Farms stunned the Storm, 18-11.
"I was just waiting for my pitch. I knew the pitcher was tired, and I was going to have my way with it," Cirillo said. "We battle back. We knew it wasn't over, and we could come back if we got the chance."
Until the wild seventh inning, St. Luke's dominated. Lady Dragons' starter Sarah Young was hit hard in four-and-a-third innings pitched, giving up eight runs. Idalia Friedson shut down the St. Luke's offense that had been on a roll, keeping Greens Farms in the game.
Most of the comeback was thanks to wild pitching on the part of Parrott. Once Parrott found the strike zone again, Greens Farms just kept hitting. The Lady Dragons pounded out eight hits and walked three times. Molly Murphy put the exclamation point on the inning with a two-run triple in her second at bat of the inning.
"We get down on ourselves when we're down, but our coach got us excited," Murphy said. "I think we rallied because we stayed positive and kept going."
The victory is Greens Farms' second in a row against a league opponent. The Lady Dragons (6-3) will play their season finale at home against Convent of the Sacred Heart on Thursday.
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