But it completely changed the game between second-seeded Avon Grove and the ninth-seeded Maidens.
The Avon Grove team that first walked out on the field was not the same one that returned in the second inning, after Herion's blast.
A much more confident Red Devils (19-4) emerged with the game knotted, 2-2. As for the Maidens (17-7), the two-run shot was deflating.
"I always feel like if they are going to pitch to me, I better capitalize on it," Herion said. "If they are going to pitch to me, I am going to make them feel like they shouldn't anymore."
Red Devils sophomore pitcher Maggie Balint, who gave up two runs in the first inning, demonstrated a much calmer and self-assured demeanor when she got in the circle in the second.
"I only need one run," Balint said. "If you give me one run, I will keep that run up on that board and not let anyone else score.
"That is my mentality."
Balint didn't let anyone else score, but Avon Grove still needed another run.
Allie Volko said she knew her squad needed to "make something happen."
The sophomore took care of it in the fifth inning, knocking in the winning run with a double.
"I just wanted to make contact with the ball," Volko said. "I knew there was a runner on second, and we had to score somehow."
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WP: Maggie Balint. LP: Jackie Bilotti. 2B: AG-Allie Volko; HR: AG-Alyssa Herion.
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