Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

3A-11 softball: Tampa Catholic comes up short in 10 innings

TAMPA — All season long, whenever St. Petersburg Catholic needed the big pitch or the key hit, Chloe Saganowich normally was the hero.

And she did her part again Thursday night.

But she got plenty of help as SPC manufactured a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete a comeback and outlast Tampa Catholic 5-4 to claim the Class 3A, District 11 championship a fourth straight time.

"The team just came back and played their hearts out," St. Petersburg Catholic coach Tom Fabian said.

"Their backs were against the wall but the team just did it. You can't say much more than that."

Tampa Catholic (16-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, getting run-scoring singles from Tarah Revels and Alyse Johnson and a two-run single from Christina Piazza.

But the Crusaders would only get three runners in scoring position from that point for the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the Barons (23-3) got on the board in the third inning when Saganowich blasted a two-run home run to centerfield to cut the score in half.

Two innings later, the Barons tied the score when Nikki Parker slapped a two-run triple to rightfield.

Both teams missed out on scoring chances in regulation. The Barons, however, made the most of their opportunities in the 10th as they got two runners on base due to Tampa Catholic errors, followed by Shelby Ginty's single to right that scored Parker for the winning run.

"The kids sometimes depend on Chloe and she helped get them back in the game," Fabian said.

"But the whole team did it. To go down like that and keep their heads up and come back. The whole team did that."

3A-11 softball: Tampa Catholic comes up short in 10 innings 04/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 12:08am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31


    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win


    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  4. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State


    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.