West Greene wins first state title with stunning reversal

Celeste Van Kirk/Observer-Reporter

West Greene’s softball team is loaded with experience again, one year after winning the PIAA Class A championship.

It was one of the most miraculous comebacks in PIAA softball finals history.

West Greene High School overcame a seven-run deficit in the third inning and won the PIAA Class A softball title, 9-8, over Williams Valley at Nittany Lions Field in State College. It was the first state title of any kind for the tiny Greene County school and avenged a 3-2 loss to Williams Valley in the 2016 Class A championship game.

“It’s indescribable,” said West Greene head coach Bill Simms after the game. “It’s such a boost, not just for us but our community."

Williams Valley scored two runs in the first and five in the second. But West Greene chipped away over the next few innings and took the lead, 9-7, with three runs in the top of the sixth. Williams Valley scored a run in the sixth inning and put a runner on third base with one out in the seventh but couldn't score.

West Greene won its second straight WPIAL title and finished the season with a 26-1 record.

Compiled by Joe Tuscano

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