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Tianna LaRosa's walk-off single rallies East Meadow past Oceanside

East Meadow teammates mob No. 11 Tianna LaRosa

East Meadow teammates mob No. 11 Tianna LaRosa after she delivered a walk-off single against Oceanside in Game 1 of the Nassau County Class AA finals at Mitchel Athletic Complex on May 19, 2014. Credit: James Escher

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.

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.

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