The decision was made to pitch Eggleston after Lorraine recently developed pain in her pitching arm. Fairmont State forced a championship game in the double-elimination tournament after defeating State 4-1 in Saturday's first game.
During the regular season, Lorraine and Pelegreen started 43 of State's 53 games. Eggleston, along with junior Jade Weinkauf, each started only five games each. However, during the tournament, Eggleston was the pitcher of record in three of State's four wins.
"It broke her heart," Allen said of Lorraine not being to pitch in the title game. "Kelsey's arm has been giving her problems. She was having trouble getting real good snap on the ball."
Lorraine said she was spent by tournament's end.
"It's been real tough the last few days for me mentally," said Lorraine, who played left field for the first time since her freshman season. "But I have a lot of faith in my team, especially our other senior pitcher (Pelegreen) and for this freshman pitcher (Eggleston) to come in here and do amazing. I was so very impressed with her to get us this title."
Lorraine could remain in left field for the regionals.
"When we go to regionals, there is a good chance Kelsey will be playing left field," Allen said. "It doesn't hurt her to throw overhand, it's just difficult underhand pitching. She is a team player and was going to do whatever it takes for her team. She's a good hitter."
"I love the outfield," Lorraine said. "I wish I could have played more in the past three years but to get the chance to go out there and play was fun. I used to play in high school and then my freshman year a lot. My last three years, I was just a pitcher and just was weeded out of there."