SHADY HILLS — Making the playoffs was a feat for Bishop McLaughlin.
Having never made the postseason before 2010, the Hurricanes needed that key moment in their Class 2A region quarterfinal against Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic.
And they got it from catcher Amy Szymanowski, as she nailed the go-ahead inside-the-park home run and made a crucial put out in the top of the sixth that helped push the Hurricanes to a 4-2 victory Tuesday afternoon.
"I never hit the ball thinking it was going to be a home run," Szymanowski said.
Santa Fe Catholic (5-15-1) took an early 1-0 lead off of a Megan Malone wild pitch that scored Kathryn Dunn from third base.
In the bottom of the inning, Bishop McLaughlin tied with two outs. Outfielder Spencer Valdespino plated off a Hawks' error.
The Hurricanes (15-9) made a pitching change in the second inning, replacing Malone with sophomore Kelsey Butler (four strikeouts). She went six innings and allowed one earned run on 83 pitches.
In the bottom of the fifth with two outs, Szymanowski nailed a single into rightfield that got by Barbara Willis, went all the way to the fence and plated Valdespino and Szymanowski for a 3-1 lead.
The Hawks threatened in the top of the sixth, but Szymanoski make a huge play at home plate, tagging out Celeste Hurley to preserve the win.