Class A, district 9
Canterbury cruises, faces AATL in final
ST. PETERSBURG — Top-seeded Canterbury cruised in the A-9 district semifinals Tuesday, defeating Carrollwood Day School 13-2 in five innings.
Jen Crosthwaite and Krissy Longstreet were a combined 6-for-6 with seven RBIs and five runs. Longstreet started the game pitching and was relieved by Emily Winosett after three innings. The two combined to hold the Patriots to two runs on two hits while striking out seven.
Academy at the Lakes overcame early struggles and a five-run deficit en route to a 12-6 victory over Lakeside Christian in the other semifinal. The Wildcats looked sluggish at the start, making several errors and failing to adjust to pitcher Rachel Mostert's slow style. But Mostert was removed in the third inning because of an injury to her pitching hand sustained while at bat.
AATL went to work, finally smashing through with nine runs in the fifth. Kallie Shirling finished 2-for-4 with five RBIs. Eighth-grader Lauren Evans allowed one hit in the final four innings, striking out 16 for the game.
"The kids stayed disciplined in the strike zone. It was just a matter of when were they going to get the timing down," said Wildcats coach Jack Shirling.
Jacob Stewart, Times correspondent