TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names coach Don Barron said offense can make up for some mistakes. That didn’t happen Tuesday night for the Jaguars, who were upset by Lakeland McKeel Academy 3-1 in the Class 3A region quarterfinals.
AHN (13-8) managed only three singles against righty Cheyenne Benson, whose rise ball induced the Jaguars into 14 of 21 outs on popups and fly balls. Three miscues by the defense led to all three runs for McKeel (15-11).
“We had a couple of rallies here and there,” Barron said. “But we didn’t hit the ball the way we normally do.”
AHN staked Sidney Brown (7-1) to a 1-0 lead in the second on Olivia Jones’ single. But the Jaguars got only one hit after that and the defense unraveled. A passed ball set up the tying run in the third. The biggest miscue came in the sixth after Amber Butler’s two-out triple. After Brown threw a pitch, catcher Christina Lodato’s return throw was errant, allowing Butler to score.
“Our catcher has done a tremendous job for us all year,” Barron said. “It was just one of those things where the middle infield should have been there backing up.”
In the seventh, a two-out error by shortstop Caroline Sutton allowed the final run. The game ended when Sutton popped out with two runners aboard.
Tampa Catholic 10, Frostproof 3: Frostproof’s Chelle Smith had not given up an earned run in three postseason games, but gave up seven against the Crusaders (15-5). TC’s Amber Hay held the Bulldogs to two hits over six innings. She returned during a seventh-inning rally, giving up a hit before enticing a ground out to end the game.