Archbishop Chapelle’s season ended Friday afternoon on a bad officiating call — or a good one — depending on perspective.
With two outs, Kaylin Groce drove in one run, beating a throw to first. But the umpire called Groce out after she turned in the direction of second before moving back to first where she was tagged.
The call, of course, was unpopular with the home team at the JPRD Softball Complex, giving 27th-seeded Alexandria a 2-1 Class 5A regional playoff win.
“When she reached first base, she saw the overthrow, and she turned in,” Chapelle coach Wendy Zuccon said. “I didn’t see that she made an attempt, but the umpire said she did make an attempt to second. It could have gone either way.”
Chapelle, seeded 22nd, ends the season 19-10. Alexandria improves to 14-12.
While Chapelle advanced further this spring than it had in recent seasons, the team, motivated by its bidistrict road upset of 11th-seeded Dutchtown, was not prepared to hear Zuccon’s end-of-season speech so early. Yet base running miscues, coupled by two big offensive plays by Alexandria in the fifth inning, led to it.
“The last two, three years, we lost in the first round, so it really felt good to get here,” said Zuccon, who loses two seniors: catcher Randi DeArmitt and left fielder Natalie Romano.
In the fifth, Carrie Boswell’s sacrifice-RBI drove in the game’s first run. Sabrina Thiels followed with her fifth home run of the season.
Chapelle followed in the bottom of the inning with its first big base running blunder. With two outs, Amanda Messina tried to stretch a single into a double, but was tagged out. Had she stopped at first, Chapelle would have had runners on first and third with two outs.
Chapelle pitcher Samantha Mracich allowed four hits in a complete-game outing. She also had seven strikeouts and three walks.
Chapelle had five hits.
“We gave it our all,” DeArmitt said. “They got their two runs and that last play for us, it was a bad call.
“We’re a young team, and they’re going to be really good next year.”