HOLIDAY — Mitchell pitcher Cori Williams went from almost being taken out of Wednesday’s Class 4A, District 7 semifinal vs. Gulf to the hero in the final at-bat.
Coach Scot Bisbe told the junior in the bottom of the sixth inning that she was coming out of the game after he saw her bent over, grimacing, because of a nagging back injury.
But Williams refused and pulled Mitchell out of a sixth-inning jam, with two runners aboard, and knocked in the winning run to lift the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory over the Bucs (15-12) and into Friday’s title match.
“She fought through it,” Bisbe said. “She didn’t want to get pulled. I said if she can’t pitch I’m pulling her. She tweaked her back in a car wreck a couple weeks ago.”
Mitchell (18-6) could not figure out freshman pitcher Madison Morlan, who held the Mustangs to six hits. But Williams proved just as effective on the other end, allowing only three hits in a complete-game effort.
Williams batted in the bottom of the seventh, with runners on the corners and two outs. She chopped a hit just over the outstretched arms of Morlan, scoring freshman Kassidy Neptune from third base to end the game.
The Mustangs face Pasco (22-6), which defeated Ridgewood 5-0, in a rematch of last year’s district final. Courtney Brandt pitched a one-hitter and fanned 14 batters in the semis.