RIVER GROVE — Trinity scrapped for all the runs it would need in the second inning.
Cortlyn Kelly took the Blazers home from there.
A four-run second inning gave Trinity a lead it would never give up, leading to a 6-1 win over York in the 4A Trinity Sectional semis Tuesday at Triton College. Kelly, a sophomore pitcher, threw a complete game and never allowed more than one York base runner in any inning.
Kelly looked calm on the mound, never showing much emotion at any stage of the game. She said she's gotten better as the season went along, and everything peaked this game.
"All day people have been asking me, 'Are you ready for today's game? Are you excited, are you nervous?' " Kelly said. "I was like, I don't want to talk about it, I just want to go out and play. I was so ready for it, I've been working for it for so long."
Kelly was on point, firing fastballs and off-speed pitches with ease and hitting her spots on the corners. York batters continuously flailed away at her change-up. She struck out three batters and generated 14 groundouts. Kelly allowed five hits and walked none, with three strikeouts.
"She kept us off-balance big time with her change-up," York senior Angela Scalzitti said. "We were just off guard. They came to hit and we didn't."
Trinity's big inning started with a walk to senior Allison Borowski and then senior Michela Williams bombed a double to center that Scalzitti said she lost in the setting sun. After a hit by pitch and force at the plate, senior Carissa Rojas walked in the game's first run.
Senior Alyssa Marfoe singled in another run, a wild pitch brought in the third run, and a groundout by sophomore Alex Koziol capped the four-run explosion.
York's Brooke Bandy pitched a complete game, allowed eight hits and three walks, striking out four batters. Trinity worked the count and got a few warning track fly balls.
"She threw a lot outside and a lot high," Marfoe said. "We just knew we had to lay off all that and just wait for our pitch."
Trinity manufactured a run in the third and got its sixth run in the seventh on Borowski's home run. Scalzitti tripled and scored York's only run in the third, coming home on a groundout.
The victory for Trinity was a bit of revenge. Not only did York beat the Blazers twice earlier this season (10-7 and 8-6 in an April 12 doubleheader), but York topped Trinity 7-5 in last year's sectional title game.
"We knew we had another opportunity and we didn't want to let it happen again," Osborne said. "We wanted to make sure we were ready for our time."
Trinity will play Saturday in the sectional title against the winner of Wednesday's game between Fenwick and Oak Park-River Forest.