Shanahan reaches Class AAAA softball final

Posted: June 12, 2012

Pitcher Kate Poppe survived a pressure-packed seventh inning Monday to get Bishop Shanahan's softball team into the PIAA state finals with a 5-4 thriller over Canon-McMillan in the Class AAAA semifinals at Carlisle.

After giving up a run that cut the Eagles' lead to 5-4, Poppe faced a situation with runners on first and second base with one out. After a groundout, Olivia Lorusso lined two hard foul balls down the third-base line before Poppe struck her out.

"It took a lot of guts for her to get that last batter," Shanahan coach Ron Savastio said.

The Eagles, the first Ches-Mont League team to reach a state softball final, hit three home runs. Alyssa Lewis drove in Marissa Giordano and Erica Keen with a first-inning homer, and Bridget McGee and Keen added solo shots in the fifth and sixth innings.

The loss was the second of the year for Canon-McMillan.

Bishop Shanahan   3000110 - 55

Canon-McMillan   0000301 - 48

WP: Kate Poppe. LP: Astuto. 2B: BS-Alyssa Lewis, Bridget McGee, Erica Keen.

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