Just when the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball team started building momentum, its run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to an end on Monday with a 5-4 extra-inning loss to Olympic Colonial.
With the score tied at 3-3 after regulation, the international tiebreaker rule went into effect. When a game goes into extra innings in a championship tournament, the last batter from the previous inning automatically takes second base to start off the extra inning.
In the top of the eighth, Olympic Colonial scored two runs, while Lehigh Valley scored only one run in the bottom of the inning. It was Lehigh Valley's second loss in the double-elimination tournament.
Liberty High School's Dior George said, "We wish we could have gone further than we did. We're all sad because it's over. The girls were just really fun to be around."
George was credited with the RBI that earned Lehigh Valley its final run.
Earlier in the day, Lehigh Valley defeated SOL American 3-1.
"It's been a really good experience because we're all from different schools, and we had to work together," said Emmaus High School's Jessica Light.
The Carpenter Cup Softball Classic began on June 21 at FDR Park in Philadelphia. Lehigh Valley scored its first victory against Philadelphia Public Schools before suffering an 11-2 loss against Berks County.
"The first day, we didn't play really great, but I knew we had to get our feet wet," said Lehigh Valley head coach, John Eyer. "Berks was good, but they got knocked out."
While Berks struggled on June 23, the third day of the tournament, Lehigh Valley succeeded.
"We knew we would have a rough road last Wednesday, but we were like a different team," Eyer said. "That's when we started clicking."
Lehigh Valley scored two victories over Delaware South, 4-3, and Burlington County, 6-2.
Palmerton's Martina Herring pitched in the game against Burlington County.
"I was actually able to settle in pretty good," Herring said.
Lehigh Valley returned to FDR Park on June 28 for its game against SOL American, and immediately following was the game against Olympic Colonial.