Amanda Voll tossed a two-hitter and Mati Lord tripled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday as host Elk Lake downed Holy Cross, 2-1, for the District 2 Class 2A softball championship.
Voll struck out five and walked one to win a pitchers’ duel with Erin McGee from Holy Cross.
Lori lined a shot over the left fielder’s head to drive in Charity Kasson after the Lady Crusaders had tied the game in the top of the inning.
Lackawanna League Division 4 champion Elk Lake, the district’s top seed, improved to 17-1 while winning their first District 2 title since 2011. The Lady Warriors advanced into Monday’s first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament where they will face District 4 champion Line Mountain (19-3) at Tunkhannock at 4:30 p.m.
Holy Cross had a five-game winning streak broken and had its season end at 14-6. The Lady Crusaders had scored in double figures each of the last four games of the regular season, outscoring opponents, 53-5, before shutting out Lakeland, 6-0, in the district semifinals.
Elk Lake opened the scoring in the third inning when Paige Keeney walked, took second on a sacrifice and scored on Jenna Newhart’s single. Keeney slid home just ahead of the throw.
Holy Cross tied the game on another close play at the plate in the top of the sixth inning.
Carly Wywoda’s long shot to left-center produced an inside-the-park homer.
Elk Lake came right back with the winning run.