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3A-11 softball: St. Petersburg Catholic, Tampa Catholic advance to final

TAMPA — St. Petersburg Catholic had all of the runs it would need in the first inning.

With the advantage of an early lead, Barons pitcher Chloe Saganowich was practically unhittable. She tossed a complete game one-hitter to lead St. Petersburg Catholic to a 4-0 win against Clearwater Central Catholic in the semifinals of the Class 3A, District 11 tournament.

Top-seeded St. Petersburg Catholic (22-3) advances to today's 7 p.m. final against No. 2 Tampa Catholic, which hung on for a 4-2 win against Academy of the Holy Names in the other semifinal.

In Tampa Catholic, the three-time defending 3A-11 district champion Barons will square off against a team they defeated twice during the regular season.

While Saganowich was limiting the Marauders to one hit and striking out seven, her offense was busy backing her up. St. Petersburg Catholic's offensive effort featured five doubles, by Shelby Ginty, Alex Troyer, Kristy Fudge (two) and Madison Saganowich.

Chloe Saganowich improved to 16-2 on the season and added a single offensively.

In the other contest, Tampa Catholic (15-2) was seemingly on its way to a shutout win when Academy of the Holy Names staged a seventh-inning rally.

Down 4-0, the Jaguars (7-10) got singles from Sara Drummond and Alex Valdes. After loading the bases a batter later, a Tampa Catholic error allowed two runs to score.

But the Crusaders got a huge out when catcher Johnson tagged out Christina Gerecke, who was trying to score from third.

Tampa Catholic quickly shut down the Jaguars from that point to record the victory.

3A-11 softball: St. Petersburg Catholic, Tampa Catholic advance to final 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 12:47am]
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