ALLENTOWN - Mike Lalli gestured toward Mary Wallick. The Bristol softball coach had something he wanted to say to his senior pitcher.
Lalli extended one of his arms to hug the Warriors ace, and after he made his comment, the two laughed. Smiles quickly turned to happy tears, and Wallick walked away wiping moisture from her eyes.
It was a private moment between a player and coach four years in the making, after a win four years in the making, too. Bristol defeated South Williamsport, 5-0, Friday in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A tournament at Patriots Park.
For the first time since she first put on a Bristol jersey as a freshman centerfielder, Wallick is going to the state semifinals. Monday, the Warriors will face Minersville at 6 p.m., back at Patriots Park.