Julia Simpson wanted to throw the last pitch. She wanted to be in the circle as her teammates mobbed her. She wanted to raise the championship plaque.
Well, two out of three ain't bad.
She threw the last pitch in top-seeded Sayville's 2-0 win over Islip Thursday in the Suffolk Class A championship, and she was mobbed shortly after. She did not, however, raise the plaque . . . because there was no plaque to raise!
"I honestly don't know where it is," Simpson said.
It was still being made. But when you have as many plaques as Sayville has, who really needs another one anyway?
Simpson's shutout, in which she allowed six hits and one walk, helped the Golden Flashes win a third straight county title.
"Coming off last year, I put a lot of pressure on myself to get back to this spot," she said. "In the beginning, I was struggling a lot. But I wanted to be on the field for the last out. So I pulled it together and went at every batter and it worked."
It worked when she escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the sixth, albeit with the help of her defense. Sabrina Bencivenga caught a fly ball in rightfield and fired a perfect throw home to catcher Olivia Kaczmarek, who made a pretty swipe tag to get the runner and end the inning.
"I knew as soon as I got that ball I had to chuck it in to home," Bencivenga said.
Added Kaczmarek: "I just knew once I got it I had to whip my glove around and be as quick as I can be. After that, I knew we had the game."
Katie Wallace, a sophomore in her first season on varsity, tripled just inside the leftfield line to score Kristen Bricker and give Sayville a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
"It feels great to help my team win," Wallace said. "This has been the greatest experience."
Jess Griffin, who went 2-for-3, singled and came around to score on a throwing error after Chrissy Milone's single for a 2-0 lead in the third.
Vanessa Juengerkes and Jamie Dolce each went 2-for-3 for No. 5 Islip (16-7). Juengerkes tossed a complete game, allowing seven hits and no walks.
Sayville (20-3) plays Carey in the Class A Long Island championship at 4 p.m. on June 6 at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
"I'm so proud of us all," Simpson said. "This is the most amazing feeling in the world."
Even when there's no plaque to raise.