PLATTSBURGH — Playing the underdog role, the Peru softball team kept No. 2 Troy in check for six innings Thursday.
The seventh, however, belonged to the Flying Horses.
Troy, the Section II representative, scored five runs on five hits in its final inning at the plate to defeat the Indians (7-6), 7-1, in a NYSPHSAA Class A regional semifinal at Cardinal Park.
The Flying Horses (21-1) were limited to two runs on seven hits through six frames.
“Nothing against the pitcher (Kelly Neenan), she did a great job, but she was a little bit slower than what we’re used to seeing in A’s,” Troy coach George Rafferty said. “I think it threw our timing off a little bit. You know, it took us a little while to adjust.”
Jessica Marsh, a junior third basemen for Rafferty’s club, opened the top half of the seventh inning with a home run over the right-field fence.
After loading the bases, Kaitlin Delsignore tagged a two-RBI double to give the Flying Horses a 5-1 lead. Lexi Lewis’ two-RBI single put the icing on the cake.
Delsignore finished 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI in the ballgame.
“Kaitlin has been a rock all year for us,” Rafferty said. “She’s batting over .400. She’s actually being recruited by big schools — SEC (Southeastern Conference) schools — so it doesn’t surprise me at all about her. She’s one of the best hitters I’ve ever seen.”
Peru tied the contest at 1-all after three and faced a one-run deficit for the next three innings. Indians coach Larry Ewald was pleased with his team’s ability to scrap.
“My girls showed some character,” Ewald said. “You know, I told them at the end of the game that, ‘If you come prepared to play every game like this, that’s what competition is all about.’ I appreciated the way they competed (Thursday). They really did. They worked hard.