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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]
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