Northside Chr. holds off rally, delivers winner
ST. PETERSBURG — A moment that lasted less than 15 seconds decided a game that Northside Christian had in hand for most of its region quarterfinal against Community School.
After the Seahawks rallied with three runs in the seventh to tie the game, Northside Christian sophomore Robbie Williams ripped a line drive to the right-center gap then scored when the throw to third hit him in the helmet and ricocheted down the leftfield line for the Mustangs' 8-7 victory.
"I was just looking for a pitch to drive and I sat back and drilled it to right," said Williams, who had flied out and struck out twice. "What a feeling. The best feeling in the world."
The Seahawks battled back in the top half of the inning. Trailing by three, Mark Rocha started the rally with a double. Danny Brown then reached on an infield single, sending Rocha to third.
The Mustangs (21-8) brought in ace JoJo Hess, who usually starts games. Hess allowed singles to Mike Riebesell and Will Ellert. Both singles scored runs to bring the Seahawks within one.
Hess struck out Nicky Locascio before facing Oliver Rogers, who laced a single to right to bring in Riebesell to tie the game.
With the go-ahead run on third, Hess struck out Ben Gardner and induced Anthony Salce into a groundout to end the inning.