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5A softball: Deficit doesn't get Seminole down

Class 5A

Seminole stays composed during rally

SEMINOLE — Earlier in the season, Seminole would more than likely have panicked if faced with a situation similar to Tuesday's three-run deficit against Bradenton Lakewood Ranch.

But the Warhawks have learned how to deal with such adversity.

"We used to get down on ourselves and let it get to us, but we've grown a lot," said Seminole sophomore Emily Crawford, who was instrumental in helping the Warhawks beat Lakewood Ranch 6-4. "We knew we just had to stay calm and get hits here and there and we'd make a comeback."

Crawford went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI but contributed even more from the mound.

After the Mustangs (17-7) had taken a 4-1 lead with two outs off starter Sarah Read, Crawford entered with two on. But the sophomore pitcher calmly struck out the first batter she faced.

With Crawford keeping the Mustangs at bay, the Warhawks (16-9) responded with two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings and one in the sixth.

In the fifth, Read started the rally with a one-out single. Crawford followed with another single that forced Lakewood Ranch coach Joe Dowling to bring in a relief pitcher. Two wild pitches allowed one run to score before an infield grounder by Hillary Driscoll brought Crawford home for Seminole's fifth run.

Chris Girandola,

Times correspondent

5A softball: Deficit doesn't get Seminole down 04/22/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2008 6:14pm]
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