Mel Coombs and the rest of the St. Mary's Ryken softball team found themselves in a familiar position: trailing Bishop O'Connell in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game.
O'Connell and Ryken were facing off in their seventh straight conference final, but O'Connell had won three in a row entering Monday's game at Holy Cross in Kensington. While Ryken had claimed titles in 2014 and 2015, no player on this year's team had won a WCAC championship.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Coombs stepped into the batter's box determined to at least give her team a chance. The junior delivered, sending a game-tying two-run homer flying over the fence in right-center field.
"And once we tied it up, we knew we had to finish it," Coombs said.
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