Carl Albert had a comfortable four-run lead entering the top of the seventh inning Saturday against Piedmont.
The Titans were dominating the game. They were three outs away from raising their third straight Class 5A fastpitch softball state championship trophy.
Piedmont had other plans.
The Wildcats scored four runs in the inning, and Ellie Griffin hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth to beat Carl Albert 5-4 for the title at The Ball Fields at Firelake.
Piedmont senior starting pitcher Chloe Bohuslavicky pitched a complete game and allowed nine hits. She said she couldn’t contain her excitement when Griffin’s hit gave Piedmont the lead.
“I lost it,” she said. “I was so proud of Ellie because Ellie has worked so hard. It was just amazing.”
The wheels came off for Carl Albert in the seventh.
Piedmont’s Ashlyn Brown ignited the rally by reaching first base on an error. Jade Rowland followed with a single. The Wildcats tied the game after Carl Albert senior starting pitcher Hannah Williams walked five batters.