The softball team won its third-straight one-run game, advancing to the Class 3A state playoffs.
Celtics pitcher Amanda Wilson led the way, along with Morgan Greenwood's three RBIs, to give the Celtics (28-12) a 4-3 victory against Geneseo High School in an extra-innings thriller Monday afternoon.
After going down 2-0 early, Providence's Greenwood doubled to tie the game 2-2. The score wouldn't change until the game required an extra frame.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, the Celtics rallied as Maeve Garvey got a two-out single. Wilson, the pitcher, got an RBI double to put Providence ahead 3-2, and Greenwood came up big again, doubling off the fence to give the Celtics a two-run cushion.
That would prove vital for Providence, as Geneseo put together a rally of its own. With two outs and runners at first and second, sophomore Jena Reddig grounded to the shortstop, who couldn't convert the final out. A run came in to tighten the game, 4-3.
Wilson stayed calm, though, and retired senior Karissa Herrman with a groundout to shortstop to end the game.
The Celtics are just one of four teams left standing in the Class 3A softball playoffs. Their next game is 9:30 a.m. Friday at East Peoria, and they'll face the winner of Grayslake and Marengo High School. On the other side of the bracket is Glenbard South and Mattoon.
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Providence Playoff Run
- Regional semifinals (at Lemont): Won 10-0 vs. Lincoln-Way West
- Regional championsip (at Lemont): Won 12-5 vs. Lemont
- Sectional semifinals (at Providence): Won 2-1 vs. Tinley Park
- Sectional championship (at Providence): Won 5-4 vs. Oak Forest
- Supersectionals (at Seneca): Won 4-3 (8 innings) vs. Geneseo
- State semifinals (at East Peoria): 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, vs. Marengo/Grayslake