Make us your home page
Instagram

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 softball: McKeel gets the better of St. Petersburg Catholic again

ST. PETERSBURG — Some day, St. Petersburg Catholic will defeat McKeel Academy in the playoffs and go on to win its first state championship.

For the third time in the past four years, McKeel knocked SPC out of the Class 3A playoffs. Tuesday, the Wildcats earned a 5-3 victory in a game where the Barons fell behind twice, immediately tied the score each time but couldn't rally after falling behind a third time.

It's the second straight year McKeel dropped the Barons in the region final. This one, though, seemed to sting more.

"It used to be Lake Highland Prep," SPC coach Tom Fabian said. "We'd get all the way to them and they'd kick our butts. Then it was Trinity Prep. Now it's McKeel."

Tied 1-all in the sixth inning, McKeel (15-15) took a 3-1 lead after Amber Presto's sacrifice fly scored Taylor Collins and Sam Rydzik singled home Brandi Barnett, who reached on a two-out triple.

It was the same scenario a year ago. The Barons (25-4) battled McKeel evenly early before the Wildcats offense ignited to put the game away late.

The Barons, though, didn't go away easily. In the bottom of the sixth, Nikki Parker led off with a base hit and scored when Bonnie Joyner followed with a standup triple. Shelby Ginty's sacrifice fly brought home Joyner, and suddenly the Barons had new life and a 3-all tie.

McKeel, though, quickly snuffed the Barons' hopes in the seventh. SPC starter Chloe Saganowich walked the first two McKeel batters to start the inning. An SPC error loaded the bases with no outs. After a force at home, McKeel's Cheyenne Benson smacked a liner into rightfield that scored two and gave the Wildcats a 5-3 lead.

Down to its last out in the seventh, the Barons' Madison Saganowich fouled off a handful of two-strike pitches before drawing a walk. Parker ripped a double down the rightfield line that had a chance to score Saganowich and maybe even Parker herself, but the ball rolled through an opening in the Barons' fence for a ground-rule double.

With the tying run in scoring position, Joyner, who had a double and triple in the game, sent a shot down the same path as Parker's double, but Rydzik gobbled up the ball at first to end the game.

"I think everybody would have liked to have that one more game," Fabian said. "That's all we were looking for, just to get past where we were before. But hey, we'll try again."

Lakeland McKeel5
St. Petersburg Catholic3


FAST FACTS

State softball

All semifinals at Plant City Stadium. Admission is $8 per game.

Class A: Canterbury vs. Lake Worth Christian

3A softball: McKeel gets the better of St. Petersburg Catholic again 05/05/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 9:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  2. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays scored that many in a single game during their two-plus week numbing stretch of offensive impotency, and in a home game in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  3. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi has another short outing in loss

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi turned in another short outing Saturday, failing to pitch four innings during the Rays' 7-6 loss.

    Wearing white armbands, umpire Chris Guccione (68), left, Carlos Torres (37)(not wearing armband), center facing, Dana DeMuth (32) center right, and Paul Nauert (39) talk before the start of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. The World Umpires Association announced that umpires will be wearing white wristbands during all games to protest escalating verbal attacks on umpires and their strong objection to the Office of the Commissioner?€š€™s response to the attacks.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Mariners game

    The Heater

    SS Adeiny Hechavarria doesn't always look like he's going hard, but he showed impressive reactions Saturday in reversing field to catch a ball that clanked off the catwalk then firing to second to double up Guillermo Heredia on an attempt to tag up.

  5. Bucs journal: Simeon Rice gives master class on sacks to defensive ends

    Bucs

    TAMPA — As the Bucs seek their first 10-sack season from a player since Simeon Rice in 2005, who better to help that cause than Rice himself?

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Simeon Rice works with defensive end Noah Spence (57) after practice at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.