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Down to last strike, York softball rallies for sectional title

Gracie Sullivan's three-RBI triple keyed Dukes' 7-5 win over Trinity

Published: Saturday, June 1, 2013 2:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – One more strike.

That’s how close Trinity was to beating York in Saturday’s Class 4A Resurrection sectional final.

York senior Gracie Sullivan hit a two-out base-clearing triple to give York the lead in the top of the seventh inning. The No. 2 seed Dukes scored once more in the seventh and held on in the bottom half to win 7-5 over the No. 1 seed Blazers.

York, which won its first sectional title since 2003, now plays Sandburg in a supersectional Monday against Sandburg at Rosemont Stadium.

Sullivan opened the crucial at-bat in an 0-2 count, but two pitches later drove a ball to the right-center field gap.

“It just happened so quickly,” Sullivan said. “I don’t even know what happened. It was low outside though and I just took it to right field, which is my pitch.”

Sullivan was hoping for another chance after failing to make her mark earlier in the game. The Dukes trailed 5-3 entering the seventh and Sullivan was due up sixth so she needed help.

Audrey Kosman and Angela Scalzitti had back-to-back singles to open the seventh. After two outs, Sarah Milkowski reached on an error to set the table for Sullivan.

“I slipped twice in the outfield and I grounded out and popped up,” Sullivan said. “I was like this is my luck. Bases loaded, two outs. I just knew it was going to happen.”

York opened the scoring with a two-RBI single by Milkowski in the top of the third. The Blazers answered with three in the third and scored one in the fourth and fifth. Brooke Bandy pitched a complete game against the talented Trinity lineup.

The Dukes also turned around a three run deficit in the seventh against Whitney Young in the regional final last Saturday.

“This is really special,” said York coach Drew McGuire. “Never say die in these girls. These girls don’t quit.”

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