The Oakton softball team was just three outs away from securing the Northern Region championship on Saturday against Lake Braddock — but a final out was never recorded.
Stone Bridge staged a three-run, bottom of the seventh inning rally to claim a 5-4 victory and the title at James Madison High School in Vienna.
Allison Davis, who was recognized before the game as the region's Pitcher of the Year, took the loss, but was victimized by a costly miscue and a questionable call in the final inning.
"I thought she pitched great," Oakton coach Ray Gordon said. "That's the best hitting team in the Northern Region. Really we probably should have held them to two or three runs, but we made a couple errors. Allison had maybe three balls hit hard off her."
The Cougars committed an infield error to start the seventh, which was followed by a single. Two batters later, Davis was protecting a one-run lead — with a runner on third — when a one-hopper came right back at her.
The sophomore pitcher snared it and got the Stone Bridge baserunner into a rundown. After two throws, the play became a race for the plate between the runner and third baseman Hayley French.
Both players dove, with French's glove applying the tag just as the runner reached home. The call went Stone Bridge's way, tying the score and keeping the game alive.
Moments later, Sydney Broderick slapped an RBI single, stunning the Cougars and their fans.
"They're hurt right now. We had this game. But a lot of it's on us. We made two baserunning blunders that hurt us," Gordon said.
Emily Krisandra hit a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Cougars up 3-2. The lead was upped to 4-2 in the sixth on consecutive doubles by Amanda Krage and French.