The girls’ softball team has had a very successful streak for the past few years with making it to both the WPIAL and the PIAA playoffs. Their 2018-19 season will be one that goes down in Avonworth history as a first.
The girls ended their season with a conference record of 14-1, which landed them the first place spot in their AAA section. This gave them a bye in the first round of WPIAL playoffs.
The girls crushed every opponent they faced in the WPIAL playoffs, especially Keystone Oaks. The 20-2 Antelopes played the 13-6 Golden Eagles in the WPIAL playoffs on Wednesday, May 29th, but the game did not end in victory for the Lopes until Thursday, May 30th.
The Lopes were winning 8-0 in the fifth inning when they were forced to delay the game, which resulted in the game being suspended until the next day. The game resumed on Thursday with the Lady Lopes leading the game with an 8-0 lead.
When the game was resumed on Thursday senior Sarah Helffrich hit a grand slam heightening the score to 12-0 Avonworth. After KO was unable to score in the fifth inning, the game had to be called due to the mercy rule.
This meant that the Avonworth girls’ softball team had won their first ever WPIAL title in school history.
Senior Sarah Helffrich said, “We’ve been working for this for so long. Being told we can’t do it and to finally get here to show everybody we can do it, we were so ready to get on this field today.”
After making school history the girls are now in the state playoffs and plan on dominating it there too. They already have a state playoff win under their belt when they beat Fort LeBoeuf 8-1 on Monday night.
The girls will now play Clearfield on Thursday, June 4th at a field and time that is to be announced.