For someone who had just delivered a walk-off hit, Tianna LaRosa wasn't doing a whole lot of walking off.
Her single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave top-seeded East Meadow a 5-4 walk-off win over Oceanside in Game 1 of the Class AA Nassau County championship at Mitchel Athletic Complex. But as the fans went crazy and her teammates poured onto the field, LaRosa simply stood at first base.
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Confusion set in. Why is she standing there? What inning is it? Is the game over or isn't it?
"I knew it was over," LaRosa said. "But I refused to step off that base until the umpire said it was over. Then he looked at me and said, 'All right, you're good.' So I ripped off my helmet and attacked my teammates."
And with that, she finally put the walk in walk-off.
The Jets entered the seventh trailing 4-3. Claire Travis led off the inning with an infield single and Kerri Shapiro followed with a triple to left-centerfield to even the score at 4.
"I needed to keep it small and not try to do anything big," said Shapiro, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and tossed a six-hitter with four strikeouts. "But sometimes when you think small, big things happen."
After a pair of intentional walks loaded the bases, LaRosa lifted a bloop single to shallow right-center to cap the Jets' come-from-behind victory.
Travis went 3-for-4 and Madison West went 2-for-3, including an RBI single in the fifth to trim the Oceanside lead to 4-3.
"Games like this," Travis said, "only make us a better team."
Ellen Derr singled home Jeannie Callanan to give No. 3 Oceanside a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Claire McNamara followed with a two-run single to left to open a 3-0 advantage.
Marisa SanAntonio and Shapiro each singled in a run for East Meadow (17-2) in the third, trimming the lead to 3-2. McNamara added an RBI single in the fourth to make it 4-2.
Elizabeth Campo fanned four for Oceanside (11-9), including a strikeout with the bases full to end the fifth in a one-run game.
Game 2 is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Mitchel. The Jets are now in position to capture a second-straight county title, thanks in part to LaRosa's walk-off.
"It was a phenomenal feeling," she said. "To hear the crowd and my teammates screaming, it got my blood pumping."
As she stood on first base.