MANNING — Laurence Manning Academy head softball coach Maria Rowland could only surmise Wednesday’s game against Northwood Academy in one way.
“They’re a great team — and it was just their day,” she said.
The Lady Chargers scored seven runs — five on two-out hits — and the Lady Swampcats were unable to capitalize on their own opportunities, leaving five runners stranded in scoring position as Northwood took Game 2 of the SCISA AAA state championship series 7-4 at Julie Skoler Field to sweep the series and earn its second state crown.
“It was a complete team effort,” Northwood head coach Becky Ellison said. “I had been talking to them all year about believing in themselves and each other. I think they really started to believe that at tournament time.”
The Lady Chargers were just 12-9 entering the SCISA state tournament last Friday, but only lost once since then — to LMA in the state tournament — as they finished with an 18-10 overall record.
“I think that loss really made a light bulb go off for us,” Ellison said. “We just turned it on after that, especially my three seniors.”