ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury used top-notch pitching and defense to beat Southwest Florida Christian Academy 1-0 in the Class A region quarterfinals Tuesday.
The Crusaders notched the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when senior catcher Krissy Longstreet used the squeeze play, driving home Sarah Fleming after Fleming was hit by a pitch, stole second then stole third base.
Pitcher Emily Winesett was on, allowing only three hits over eight innings. Her lone mistake also didn’t prove to be that big as Fleming made an outstanding defensive play in the top of the eighth inning, quickly gathering a hard-hit ball off the bat of Alison Szymanski and firing a bullet to Longstreet, who tagged out Hanna Foshee who was running in the place of Becki Sullivan.
“We had lots of hits but just couldn’t score anyone early on,” Canterbury coach Jody Moore said. “Our pitcher did a great job and the seniors came through for us in the end.”
Southwest Florida Christian pitcher Meghan Sullivan was also on, albeit in a loss, allowing only seven hits over seven scoreless innings before being beat.
“We knew they weren’t going to give us anything and we didn’t give them anything,” Southwest Florida Christian coach Michael Graci said. “This game could have gone either way.”