Softball: Providence tops Geneseo to make Class 3A semifinalsProvidence Celtics starting pitcher #1 Allie Strick vs Geneseo at the IHSA SuperSectionals Championship game held at Seneca and Providence won 4-3 in 8 innings on SaturdayMonday, June 4, 2012. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 4, 2012 9:10PM
One again, Providence found itself facing an early deficit.
Once again, the Celtics battled back.
In Monday’s Class 3A Seneca Supersectional, Providence needed eight innings to continue its march to state. The Celtics won in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to top Geneseo 4-3.
The victory gives Providence (28-12) its first trip to state in softball.
Providence will play the survivor of Tuesday’s DeKalb Sectional — either Marengo or Grayslake North — in a state semifinal at 9:30 a.m. Friday at EastSide Centre in East Peoria.
“I knew we were going to win this game,” Providence’s Morgan Greenwood said. “I kept telling myself we would come back.”
Trailing Geneseo 2-0 entering the sixth inning, Greenwood blasted a ball off the center-field wall, scoring Courtney Pych and Maeve Garvey (2-for-3, 2 runs) to knot the game at 2.
After a scoreless seventh, Garvey and Greenwood came through again in the eighth. Garvey reached base for the third time on a two-out single, and Amanda Wilson followed with a double to left. A miscue on the play by Geneseo allowed Garvey to score the go-ahead run.
“When I saw the left fielder bobble it, I knew I was going home for the score,” Garvey said. “We talked about playing aggressively, and the team stayed positive.”
Greenwood followed with her second blast off the center-field wall, scoring Wilson from second for a 4-2 advantage.
“I was feeling very confident up at the plate,” Greenwood said. “I wasn’t looking to hit it over the wall, I was just looking to get a solid base hit.”
Geneseo (27-11), however, didn’t go down easily. Down to its final out, Geneseo made it a one-run contest, Emily Zaderaka scoring on Providence’s second error of the game.
Wilson, pitching in relief, kept her composure on the mound, getting a groundout to end the game. Wilson — in for relief of starter Allie Strick (2 IP, 2 ER, 3 strikeouts) — pitched six innings, striking out seven and allowing six hits.
“It was nerve-racking coming into the game,” Wilson said. “But I was throwing my changeup and dropball for strikes. The changeup is always my go-to pitch.
“I’m so excited right now. This is like a dream come true,” Wilson said.