Mount Vernon softball district semifinals

Mount Vernon softball coach Ryan Pentz celebrates as his daughter, senior Mollie Pentz (foreground), scores the winning run against Gahanna-Lincoln in the Div. I district semifinals on Monday night. A walk-off single from senior Layne Cook scored Pentz in the bottom of the eighth inning.

MOUNT VERNON – Ryan Pentz could barely keep it together.

The late-game comeback. The walk-off single in extra innings. The euphoria of surviving and advancing at this point in the season, when careers and lifelong dreams hang in the balance.