WASHINGTON • Union senior outfielder Elisabeth Scharfenberg, much like the rest of her teammates, was having a forgettable afternoon.
Scharfenberg struck out and grounded out in her first two at-bats.
That all changed in a hurry.
Scharfenberg keyed a rally with a game-tying triple as the Wildcats charged back to edge rival Pacific 7-6 in a Class 3 District 4 semifinal game on Thursday at Borgia.
“I was really beating myself up after the first two times I came up to bat,” Scharfenberg said. “Having all your teammates behind you, cheering you on made a big difference.”
Union (17-7) will face Borgia (17-6) in the district title game at 4 p.m. Friday in Washington.
Trailing 6-2, Union sent nine hitters to the plate and Scharfenberg tripled home the tying run and then scored the eventual game-winner.
Union coach Tiffany Poggas said that a 13-0 win over Pacific on Sept. 5 may have led to the Wildcats' early troubles.
“I think we came out flat and took this for granted because the second time we saw them, we beat them, we 10-runned them and we were expecting that team to show up again,” Poggas said. “When they didn't, we had to turn our game on a little bit more.”
Pacific (14-8), prior to the Union comeback, was cruising behind senior pitcher Megan Meyers.
Not only had Meyers given up just two first-inning runs, she also drove in a pair of runs with a hit in a five-run second inning, which gave the Indians a 6-2 lead.
Indians coach Tonya Lewis said she was proud of the way her team played.
“We had one bad inning and that will be the story of this game,” Lewis said. “The girls came out to prove that us losing to them really bad last time wasn't us, wasn't the way we play ball. I think they did that tonight.”
Poggas said that facing Borgia, which edged Union 1-0 on Sept. 21, will be a great challenge for the Wildcats.
Borgia is led by pitcher Liz Lynchard.
“We're very comparable to Borgia, we just have to come out ready,” Poggas said. “We've hit Lizzie before and we can do it again. We've just got to be ready.”
HILLSBORO 3, DESOTO 1 • The Hawks (26-3) trailed by a run in the third inning when junior infielder Haley Spahr launched a two-run homer to put her team up for good in the Class 3 District 2 title tilt.
“I was just trying to put the ball in play to put pressure on them,” Spahr said. “I'm so glad I can come through for my team. This feels like the first step of many for us and we've just got to keep going.”
Pitcher Emma Nichols held down the Dragons offense.
“The home run made things easier and the girls were able to relax a little bit,” Hillsboro coach Kevin Lucas said. “It was a great win. It was an all-around win. The bottom of our lineup kept getting on base and getting in scoring position.”