Cheyenne DeJesus tied the score with a bases-loaded walk and Talia Greenberg produced the walk-off hit in the seventh inning to lead No. 2 LMU to a thrilling, 4-3 win over No. 11 Scholars Academy in the PSAL Class B semifinals Wednesday at Lincoln in Brooklyn.
“It was like a finals game,” Lab Museum United coach Charles Jessup said. “Definitely a nailbiter.”
The Gators (18-0) will be making their second trip to the finals in two years when they meet No. 9 Morris at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s University. Most of the seniors on this team were starters as sophomores then and are looking to complete some unfinished business.
“They’re really gonna want it this time,” Jessup said. “It should be good.”
Lindsey Bernstein singled to lead off the seventh and Kaylee Cimino followed with a hit of her own. Ashanti Plummer followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. DeJesus walked for her second RBI of the game and Greenberg finished it in dramatic fashion.
“Most teams would probably just quit and say [we’re down] 3-0, forget about it,” Jessup said.
Sarah D’Amico gave up no earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in seven innings for LMU. Bernstein and Plummer both had three hits and DeJesus and Ramirez had two hits apiece.
D’Amico, Plummer and Ramirez, all seniors, were all important cogs in the finals run two years ago when they were sophomores. Plummer and Ramirez led the school’s girls basketball program to the PSAL Class A semifinals this year and both are playing Division I hoops next year – Plummer at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Ramirez at Marshall. D’Amico, meanwhile, has been the ace from Day One as a freshman.
Now they’re trying to add a championship to go along with their list of accomplishments.
“The seniors have definitely carried us,” Jessup said. “Just their drive.”
No. 9 Morris 9, No. 12 Brooklyn Tech 4: Tiara Brown went 1-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs scored and Chasity Quinones went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Morris (18-2), which meets Lab Museum United in the championship game 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s University. Brooklyn Tech finishes 15-2.
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