ST. PETERSBURG — Before Wednesday’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, Northside Christian coach John Anderson asked himself, “Could this be our last game?”
The Mustangs (14-5) got off to a rocky start, falling behind 2-0 to St. John Neumann, but settled down to claim a 4-3 victory.
The Lancers struck first when Taylor Surprenant led off with a single and stole second, later scoring on a throwing error. Another throwing blunder put the Lancers up 2-0. But sophomore pitcher Jessica Anderson was unfazed, getting herself out of a jam with runners in scoring position in the second inning.
Megan Tozour, who went 3-for-3, got on base with a single and her sister Lindsey also singled to cut the deficit to 2-1. Both teams continued to play good defense until the bottom of the third inning.
A fielding error by Sarah Tenbarge put Katheryn Brown on base, Julianne Grande’s single drove in Brown. Lindsey Tozour scored on a passed ball to put the Mustangs up 4-2.
For the next several innings Anderson got herself out of a multitude of jams along with great defense from her teammates. In the top of the seventh inning the Lancers made a run, as Surprenant reached on a throwing error, and a double by Kate Myers made it 4-3.
But Anderson held steady.
“A lot of things were going through my mind (in the final inning),” Jessica Anderson said. “We have this drill where we have to get 21 outs to end the game and I concentrated and focused to strike out the last batter of the game which was a first for me."