Alison Kleiner stood on the pitcher's mound with the softball in hand, the strikeout in mind and the win within reach.
All three came together in the form of a windmill pitch for a called strike three, which gave the Baltimore No. 1 team a 15-7 win over Chicago and the bronze medal yesterday at the Jewish Community Centers' North American Maccabi Youth Games at Catonsville Community College.
"That's the way I always dreamed of ending a game," said the 13-year-old pitcher who attends Franklin Middle School.
"Next year we're going for the gold."
Baltimore led 8-5 going into the top of the seventh and took a 12-5 lead, scoring four runs without a hit. Baltimore scored 15 runs on 10 hits.
Nicole Winik hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 15-5.
Heather Miller had two of the team's 10 hits.
"We played our hardest," Baltimore coach Sol Kleiner said.
"Our first goal was to play six games and our second was to play for a medal."
In other medal-round action, the Baltimore No. 1 girls soccer team also won a bronze yesterday defeating Philadelphia, 1-0, at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Yesterday's bronze medals were the first for Baltimore delegations in the Maccabi Youth Games since 1984.
Boys Softball, bronze medal game Montreal 17, Baltimore #1 7
Girls Soccer, bronze medal game Baltimore 1, Philadelphia 0
Softball, bronze medal game Baltimore #1 15, Chicago 7
zTC Tennis, singles, bronze medal Kelly Margolis
Doubles, bronze medal Kelly Margolis and Alyssa Levene