INDIANAPOLIS — Capping off a fantastic postseason run with a dramatic come-from-behind victory, the Plainfield Quakers softball team took home its first-ever Class 4A state championship over Huntington North on Saturday night.
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A monstrous sixth inning from the Quakers stole the show over an impressive pitching and defensive performance by the Vikings, propelling Plainfield to a 3-1 victory.
“After my three years before this, I never thought this was coming at all,” Plainfield senior pitcher Courtney Collins said. “I was a little nervous coming out to the mound to end the game, but I had confidence in myself and my teammates.”
Collins gave up two doubles in the fourth after a scoreless three innings from both sides, allowing the Vikings to get on the scoreboard. The Quakers’ pitcher finished the game with nine strikeouts and allowed five hits in 26 Vikings at-bats.
“(Collins) was mixing it up real well keeping (Huntington) off balance,” Plainfield coach Brad Beaman said. “Except for the back-to-back doubles, I think they never really got a real good solid hit at any point.”
Down by one run heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, some doubt had crept into the Plainfield dugout. The Quakers had not gotten a hit off of Huntington North sophomore pitcher Erin Rethlake all night and when they did put the ball in play, the Vikings' defense stymied their efforts.
But a leadoff walk of Plainfield’s Brooke Bryant started an avalanche Huntington North could not escape from. Maggie Stahl singled past the Vikings' third baseman for the Quakers’ first hit of the night with no outs.
“Maggie kept us in it with the big hit and got things started for us,” Beaman said. “That’s what we pride ourselves with her. She is a great young lady.”