RALEIGH — To win championships, you have to take advantage of the opportunities when they are afforded to you.
East Rutherford took advantage of its opportunities more than Jordan-Matthews in the third and deciding game of their NCHSAA 2A championship softball series, winning 4-2 in nine innings.
The triumph gave the Cavaliers (27-4) of the South Mountain Conference a 2-games-to-1 series victory and their first 2A softball crown.
The Cavaliers chances came in the third, sixth and ninth innings, and East Rutherford cashed in on each behind the efforts of Series Most Valuable Player Savannah Davis.
Davis fanned six batters in the finale, giving her 16 for the three games, but she also contributed two hits in five plate appearances, including a game-winning two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth.
That hit came on the heels of a double to right by Raven Gray, who had struggled at the plate with a 1-for-12 showing prior to the hit.
Jordan-Matthews, who took advantage of three errors in a four-run third inning in the second game en route to a 4-3 win that forced the third contest, couldnt buy a timely hit in the rubber match.
The Jets stranded runners in scoring position in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, managing only one run in those situations, that coming in the seventh inning to tie the game and force extra innings.
Jordan-Matthews claimed a 1-0 lead in the second inning, when Caroline Webster was hit by a pitch, took third on a single by Sydney Graham and scored on a single by Kaitlin James.
But the Jets went dry after that, going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, before breaking through with the game tying run in the seventh.
That inning saw Hannah Stackhouse reach on a one-out error, moving to third on a single by Madison Poe.
Poe reached second on the throw to third, and after Dee Decristofaro was hit by a pitch to load the bases, scored on a sacrifice fly by Holly Clark.
Clark, who fanned 11 batters in a 2-1 opening game loss Friday night, saw her strikeout production dip in the final two games, recording six and three, respectively, to finish with 239 for the season.
Clarks fly also moved Poe and Decristofaro into scoring position, but Websters fly was caught on the run for the final out.
After that, the Jets managed only a two-out, eighth inning single.
Jordan-Matthews best rally of the series came in the third inning of the second game in its four-run, two-hit surge aided by three Cavalier errors.
The Jets answered a three-run rally by the Cavaliers in the top half of the inning, beginning with a single by James.
Stackhouse followed with a single, and Poe reached when her fly to center was dropped, loading the bases.
Decristofaro drew an RBI walk, and Clarks grounder to short was misplayed, scoring Stackhouse. Wesbster then lined to second, scoring Decristofaro.