CLEARWATER — It was a mistake-prone game that featured few hits and plenty of errors.
But for Countryside, it was a win.
The Cougars overcame their own miscues Tuesday to beat St. Petersburg 3-2 in a key Class 7A, District 10 game. The Cougars rallied by scoring on a throwing error in the sixth inning.
“This game was a mess,” Countryside coach Kaylyn Bayly said. “We had terrible at-bats, lots of miscommunication in the field. It was not a great day. The positive thing that we can take away from it is we found a way to win.”
The game was sharp early on as the Cougars’ Alyssa Queen and the Green Devils’ Bre Setree-Malone mowed down batters with ease. The pitchers allowed a combined five baserunners through the first four innings.
The mistakes started in the fifth. Countryside (11-3) broke open a scoreless game when Kelsie Sanchez hit a grounder with two out that squeaked through the infield on an error and allowed Hailee Keisling and Samantha Sharpe to score to make it 2-0.
The Green Devils came back in the sixth inning as Sarah Revitzer walked and Haleigh Reddick singled. Ashley McNally followed with a shot that sailed into the outfield and appeared to be caught for the final out. But the fielders collided, the ball dropped, and Revitzer and Reddick scored to tie the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Countryside’s Alyssa Householder singled and advanced to third on an error. She scored the winning run on a throwing error home.
The win gives the Cougars a 6-1 record in district play. On Thursday, Countryside plays Seminole with a chance to avenge its only district loss of the season.
“It’s nice that we were able to pull this one out,” Bayly said. “But we can’t play like this if we expect to win on Thursday.”