At Monroeville, the Eagles stunned New London in walk-off fashion for a second time this season, earning a share of their first-ever Firelands Conference championship in softball.
“It was a complete team win,” Monroeville coach Abe Helmstetter said. “I am very proud of the team for a good attitude and the effort that they have had throughout the season”
Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, Monroeville (19-8, 12-2) scored once, then got a two-run home run from Ashley Schaffer to win the game, 5-3 — and force the title share.
It was the eighth straight FC title for New London (21-7, 12-2), who just a day earlier lost in walk-off fashion in a Div. III regional semifinal in nine innings to Elmwood.
For New London, Elise Chaffins had two hits and two RBIs. Taylor Moody had a double and Kelly Norrod earned an RBI.
Alex Bowers took the loss with six strikeouts and no walks.
The Eagles got a pair of singles from Haven Helmstetter, while Alex Schaffer and Macey Key each hit triples. Ashley Kraft — who beat New London by hitting a solo home run for a 1-0 win on April 29, struck out four and walked four to earn the pitching win.
New London 000 102 0 — 3 5 1
Monroeville 000 200 3 — 5 7 1
WP: Kraft; LP: Bowers 2B: (NL) Moody; 3B: (M) Alex Schaffer, Key HR: (M) Ashley Schaffer