McClancy finished the season with 12-2 record, the team’s only two regular-season losses coming at the hands of St. Edmunds, who they topped by a score of 10-0 in the playoffs on their way to the title.
In the championship game, McClancy was up 4-2 after one inning. In the top of the fifth Aquinas took a 5-4 lead, and then sophomore pitcher Megan Herrey got hurt with the bases loaded and one out.
McClancy turned to freshman hurler Mariah Charles, who got the first hitter to ground into a double play. In the next inning McClancy tied it up, and in the sixth inning the Lady Crusaders scored three times to take the lead for good.
This is only the fifth year for the softball program at the East Elmhurst school. The first two years saw the team notch four wins and 28 losses. The following year they improved to 7-9.
Last year the team finished 14-2 and in a three-way tie for first place before finally taking home the 2017 title.