SHADY HILLS — Drenched in cold water after his girls sneaked up and doused him, Bishop McLaughlin coach John Yaratch said it felt great.
And the Hurricanes' celebration came after a roller-coaster game Thursday. Bishop McLaughlin went up by seven runs at one point, then Indian Rocks Christian battled back for a one-run lead in the fifth inning. But the Hurricanes got a clutch hit from relief pitcher Kelsey Butler that took her all the way to home for a 10-9 win and the Class 2A, District 10 crown.
Bishop McLaughlin blew the game open in the bottom of the second inning, as the Hurricanes sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs off seven hits.
But the Golden Eagles rallied for a 9-8 lead in the fifth inning. After they were shut down by Butler in the seventh inning, the Hurricanes reliever came through.
Butler swung at the first offering from Jen Lyons, and the dribbler got by second baseman Sarah Brangenberg and into the outfield. It then got past Ali Armstrong, and Butler scored the winner.
Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent