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Peotone's best chance to score came in the bottom of the eighth when the Blue Devils (21-12) had the game-winning run thrown out at the plate.With one out, Kali Sroka blooped a single over third base and after a strikeout and Sroka stealing second, leadoff hitter Shelby Marchionda's short fly ball to left field was dropped. Edward freshman left fielder Sarah Mendosa recovered and threw a strike to Stratman at the plate, where she applied the tag on Sroka, who had hesitated coming around third, for the final out of the inning.
"Every time I was on base I was looking for an opportunity so I wasn't that surprised that's how it ended.
I went to the outside and found a way to stick my hand in there," said Stratman who, after reaching on an error in the sixth inning, was thrown out at the plate on a squeeze attempt after a Peotone error on a Zdroik fly ball had sent Stratman to third.
No hits and 23 strikeouts, but one run -- and that's all that mattered.
Senior Allie Stratman scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 11th inning as St.
Edward's softball team defeated Peotone 1-0 Monday in the Class 2A Rosemont supersectional at Bandits Stadium. It's the first trip to an IHSA state final tournament in softball for St.
The win catapults the Green Wave (25-8) to the Class 2A Final Four at Eastside Centre in East Peoria this weekend, where they will play Dupo, a 10-4 winner over St. Edward, which lost to Morrison in the 2008 supersectional, the Wave's only other Elite Eight appearance in the four-class system.
"I feel fantastic," said Stratman moments after the Green Wave hoisted the supersectional plaque. I was really hoping to keep our season going because I love these girls so much." The game was a classic pitchers duel between senior Division I signees Lindsay Zdroik of St.Edward (Valparaiso) and Allie Johnson of Peotone (Texas-El Paso).Prior to the 11th inning, both teams had scoring chances and both teams had runners thrown out at the plate. Edward's defense, Zdroik's moxie and Stratman's hustle made the difference.While Johnson (17-9) recorded 23 strikeouts and threw her second straight no-hitter, she hit Stratman with a pitch to lead off the 11th.Zdroik and Jessy Kramp followed with ground outs back to the circle, allowing Stratman to move up a base each time.Then, on her first pitch to Emily Stapay, Johnson uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Stratman to score the game's only run.