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BRADENTON — Shorecrest defeated Northside Christian in both of their previous meetings this season. In the 2A-11 final Thursday, the Mustangs’ Jessica Anderson went 2-for-2 and drove in four runs while Megan Tozour hit a home run and drove in five as Northside scored eight in the top of the first inning and never looked back to win 18-8.
“This has been a challenging season, but go down the list of players and everyone has helped,” Mustangs coach John Anderson said. “Every player helped win the championship.”
Anderson shuffled his lineup to get more pitches to hit for Jessica Anderson and Katheryn Brown. Anderson tripled to open the game and Brown was hit by a pitch. Lauren Tozour singled to drive in Anderson and after a walk and hit batter, Megan Tozour had a two-run single and Hailee Palmer followed with a two-run double.
“They get eight runs in the first inning and it was really hard for us,” Chargers coach Trent Rubley said. “It’s tough to get eight runs at all off (Anderson).”
Shorecrest got two of the runs back in the bottom of the first behind the hitting of Alexis and Jaque Galinski, but Northside answered as Megan Tozour hit a towering two-run home run to leftfield to give the Mustangs a 10-2 lead.
The Chargers chipped away with three runs in the fourth inning. Alexis and Jaque Galinski were again instrumental as they each drove in and scored a run.
Northside shut the door in the top of the fifth by scoring eight more runs.
“Our girls never quit and that’s what I’m most proud of,” Rubley said. “We put pressure on them all the way to the end.”