After defeating Stanford Olympia 3-2 in dramatic, walk-off fashion just a couple hours earlier, the Glenwood Middle School girls softball team had to regroup and focus on the IESA Class AA state championship game against undefeated Manteno last Saturday at Champion Fields in Normal.
The Titans (16-3) took care of business, and then some, in jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead and finishing off a 5-2 victory over the Panthers to claim the state title.
Cassie Feld needed only 73 pitches to go the distance in the state championship game, and she retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to set off a wild celebration as dusk set in on what became a chilly evening.
The Titans had eight hits, compared to six for the Panthers, but GMS did not commit an error, and Manteno had four.
Feld was able to limit the Panthers to two runs in the top of the fourth, just when it looked like the Titans could lose the lead. The GMS defense also came up big, with a huge double play in the fourth and throwing out a runner at home in the sixth.
“The girls have done a great job of maintaining all season and not letting the wheels fall off and just minimizing the damage,” stated GMS head coach Terry McDevitt. “That was the key right there.”
Feld threw 58 strikes and only 15 balls. She allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three. Feld threw only 69 pitches in seven innings earlier in the day against Olympia.
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