ROME The General Brown softball team experienced a difficult case of déjà vu on Wednesday.
Adirondack sophomore Jamie Miller delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning to give the second-seeded Wildcats a 6-5 victory over the No. 3 Lions in the Section 3 Class B semifinals at Kost Field on the campus of Mohawk Valley Community College.
General Browns 2013 season ended in similar fashion, a one-run loss to Solvay in the Class B semifinals.
Its like a replay of last year but Im so glad I got to come back and do it again with this team, General Brown senior Deleha Decker said. They deserve it more anything and Im so honored and so happy to have spent my last year with this group of girls.
Millers hit capped off a fifth-inning comeback for Adirondack (16-2), which will play top-seeded Solvay in Tuesdays title game at Gillette Road Park in Cicero at a time to be determined.
The Lions entered the fifth with a 5-3, lead but committed three errors in the inning to load up the bases and allow one run to score before Miller came to the plate. Miller then hit a grounder up the middle to bring in the game-tying and game-winning runs.
I think the difference between today and other games is, as a team, we were there and just didnt do the little things that we needed to put forth, Decker said.
Trailing 6-5 in the seventh, General Brown put runners on first and second base with no outs.
After a groundout by freshman Hannah Smithers, sophomore Kayla Gaffney hit a hard shot directly at Adirondack second baseman Aliza Mathis. Mathis caught the ball and quickly tagged second for the game-ending, solo double play.
We hit the ball well, we hit it at them a couple of times but if we just cut down on a couple of mistakes defensively, its a different ball game right there, said General Brown coach Darrin Pitkin, whose team ended its season with a 16-2 record.
I think it came down to not too many hits for either side, and (Adirondack) capitalized on the hits that they did get. But Im very proud and all of the girls did a great job in getting us to this point he added.
Adirondack scored three runs in the first inning after falling into an early 2-0 hole. The first two batters reached base by a walk and a bunt-single before senior shortstop Shaylee Morczek ripped a three-run home run to deep right field.
Morczeks shot fell just short of the 225-foot fence and rolled to the corner. She came around to score well ahead of the throw to the plate.
I knew that was clutch and it brought us back into the game, Morczek said. Innings like the one we had in the (top) first can get you down, and coming up with that hit got us back in the game.
The Lions struck first when Decker, the leadoff batter, walked and eventually scored on an error.
Later in the inning, General Brown senior Katie Pitkin launched a sacrifice fly to deep center field to score her sister, sophomore Rhea Pitkin, from third base.
In the beginning, I was very excited, Decker said. I wasnt overconfident, I knew we still had to play and work hard, but I was very excited and it felt nice to have a little leeway. But they came right back so we had to keep fighting and keep pushing and unfortunately it wasnt enough.
Chelsea VanTassel, an eighth-grader, hit a bloop two-run single to shallow centerfield in the second inning to put General Brown up 5-3.
VanTassel and Decker each finished with a pair of singles to lead the Lions.
Katie Pitkin went the distance, allowing four hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts.
Mathis provided a pair of singles for Adirondack, and pitcher Marisa McIntyre gave up five hits and stuck out four in the complete-game win.