This year, Queen of Peace and Our Lady of Hope again finished 1-2 and returned to this year’s finals, with the Lady Wildcats looking for a different result.
Our Lady of Hope jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but Queen of Peace answered with one run in the bottom of the 4th inning and rallied with three more runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 4-2 lead. Hope tied the game in the top of the 7th inning thanks to some Queen of Peace fielding errors, sending the game into extra innings.
With each team allowed to start the eighth inning with a runner at second base, Hope had the first opportunity to score. Christina Cordero was pitching a great game, even though Hope was able to capitalize on four unearned runs. She struck out the first batter and got the next batter to pop up to Molly Bell at second base, who flicked the ball to shortstop and sister Megan Bell to turn a double play.
This time the Lady Wildcats would not be denied, as Sabrina Chong hit a grounder to to third, but a wild throw allowed the runner at second, Racquel Sanchez, to sprint toward home. She outran the Hope fielder to home plate to give the Lady Wildcats a 5-4 win and with it, the 2014 CYO Bantam Softball Diocesan Championship.