OCALA — Plant City's Mackenzie Audas was nearly perfect against Forest in the Class 5A region quarterfinals Tuesday. The UCF commit fanned 15 in a complete-game one-hitter as the Raiders (19-7) won 2-0 and earned their first playoff win since 2002.
Audas set down the first 15 hitters, but lost her bid for a perfect game when Forest's Christina Gaudy led off the sixth with a single.
The Wildcats (16-11) also put the leadoff hitter on in the bottom of the seventh and Brooke Bennett drilled a 3-2 offering from Audas to the warning track, but not out of the park, as the large contingent of Plant City fans breathed a sigh of relief.
From there, Audas fanned the next two hitters to give her team another shot at district rival East Bay.
"I was trying to spin my pitches, but I had to rely on heat," said Audas (13-5), who threw 63 of her 90 pitches for strikes.
The Raiders got an unearned run in the first inning and added another in the fifth on a RBI double from Taylor Storey. Analise Coffee and Makensie McKavoy also went 1-for-4 with a run scored.