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Crusaders Surrender Lead Late, But Comeback For One Run Win

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For the Central Catholic Crusaders, it looked like deja vu. 

The start of the 2022 softball season has begun with heartbreak, falling in walk-off fashion to Lakeview and York despite being just one out away from a win. 

Monday night they found themselves in that exact same situation after surrendering a 6-1 lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning to St. Paul.

The Wildcats would make it a brand new 6-6 ballgame heading into the top of the seventh, but the Crusaders were determined not to let history repeat itself for a third time.

After an Anna Tibbetts walk, the young Sophomore was able to get into scoring position thanks to two stolen bases and would score the go ahead run on a dropped third strike. 

That run gave the Crusaders a 7-6 lead but they would have to hang on once again in the bottom half of the seventh after a leadoff double by St Paul had the Wildcats threatening to tie or maybe even hand GICC another walk-off defeat.

Brielle Saddler shined under pressure striking out the next two batters and forcing a weak ground out to third to end the contest.

With the win GICC improves to 3-2 on the season.

Following the game KRGI's Tyson Havranek had a chance to catch up with Head Coach Brock Culler and Player Of The Game Avery O'Boyle 



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