Marleigh Greene delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to beat Essex 7-6 and give Mt. Anthony its third D-1 Softball title in four years.
"I was really nervous there in the end, I was just saying I didn't want my last at bat to be a popup for the rest of my softball career, so getting in and hitting it through the shortstop was awesome," Greene said. "I'm so excited. I'm happy."
The Patriots led 6-4 with a chance to win it in the top of the 7th before Sarah Knickerbocker delivered a two-run homer to tie it and force extra innings. Catherine Worthington thought she had a walkoff homer to center in the bottom half of the inning, but Michelle Kent lept at the wall and pulled it back to force extra innings.
Worthington got her revenge by robbing Essex of a go-ahead hit in the top of the 8th before Greene won it in the bottom half.
"It's a relief," Mt. Anthony Junior, Taylor Dicranian said. "I'm glad we did it and I'm glad that we came out on top, because that's what we were working on all season and it's just a great feeling and I'm so excited to have it and I'm glad to play with this team."
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