PLATTSBURGH — Crown Point found itself in a position it wasn’t accustomed to Friday — trailing.
The Panthers were behind Minerva/Newcomb 1-0 through four innings, but an unlikely incident awoke them as they rallied for nine runs over the fifth and sixth inning to capture the Section VII Class D softball championship with a 9-1 victory.
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With the victory, Crown Point will travel to Moreau Rec Park Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. battle against Section II champion Fort Ann, a 13-0 win over Germantown.
Mountaineer starting pitcher Cheyenne Williams held the powerful Panther offense in check through four innings. Over that time, Crown Point threatened once with the bases loaded in the third inning, but Williams was able to get out of the jam.
In the fifth, Minerva/Newcomb’s Angela McCall led off with a walk and stole second base.
Panther coach Tony Macey disagreed with the call and was thrown from the game — but it appeared to ignite something in his players.
Crown Point turned two after he was tossed, including throwing McCall out at home, to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Panthers erupted for five runs and never looked back.
“The turnaround came around when I got kicked out,” Tony Macey said. “Plus, turning that double play really helped.
“Our girls finally came to life. We worked all week on our hitting, but we weren’t hitting (Williams). I think we finally adjusted and were able to start hitting the ball.”
After an out to start the fifth, Mara Vradenburg cracked a double to get things started for Crown Point. She took third when Maria Malone reached on an error by the center fielder, and Vradenburg scored on a passed ball to tie the game at one.