"This is the best game of the season. I hate to leave," Doherty said after departing in the seventh inning with the score tied at 2. "I just know we're going to win this thing, though."
With that said, she walked over the hill at the Prendergast field and disappeared. She didn't get a chance to see her prediction go awry, as Carroll's Maria Pardini, with nobody out in the top of the ninth, lined a single to left field, making a loser of sophomore reliever Teresa McIlvaine.
"That was a lot of pressure to put on a sophomore pitcher, having to come into a game under those circumstances. But give Carroll credit, they are an aggressive and well-coached team," said Pandas coach Charlie Wieners.
Among the circumstances the coach was referring to was the 2-2 score that McIlvaine faced as the game headed into extra innings. But more important, it was the momentum she was forced to deal with after the Patriots (4-2) battled back from a 2-1 deficit on McGlone's hit.
The Pandas had forged the slim lead in the bottom of the sixth when Jennifer George led off with an infield single and eventually scored on a slow roller to second by Jackie Vahey.
George's run snapped a 1-1 tie that had stood since the fourth inning when both teams scored.
The Patriots took a 1-0 lead when, with two outs, Doherty surrendered her first walk of the game. The beneficiary of the pass was Pardini, who would score on second baseman Chrissy DeGenova's triple into the gap in right- center.
Prendergast came right back in the bottom of the inning when Vahey took a bases-loaded walk from McGlone with only one out, scoring Kristie Kaut. But the Patriots senior pitcher fanned Margie Lawlor and Carolyn Thornton to escape any further damage.
It wouldn't be the first time the Pandas would leave the bases loaded. They left the sacks full in the seventh and ninth innings. Each time it was McGlone who rose to the occasion.
McGlone has some attachment to Prendergast. Midway through her junior year, she transferred from the school to Carroll because her parents moved out of the Drexel Hill area.
After striking out Vahey to end the game, McGlone was ecstatic.
"I definitely get up more for this game because I played with a lot of these girls, but I think I was more nervous than anything," said McGlone, who struck out eight and walked seven.
Prendergast's best chance to break the game open came in the third inning when Lawlor led off with a triple to rightfield. She was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Amy Vanderneut while attempting to score on a ground ball by Thornton.
Thornton made it to third on a single by Kathy Wieners, but she, too, was erased at home while trying to score as Wieners stole second base.
Coach Wieners was philosophical after his team's first loss. "There are no real winners or losers in a game like this," he said. "Maureen (McGlone) was super, but so was Kelly (Doherty)."