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A softball: Canterbury rallies for stunning victory

On Friday, Canterbury coach Jody Moore earned the 100th victory of her coaching career in the Crusaders' 11-2 win over Academy at the Lakes in the region semifinals.

Win No. 101 on Tuesday might be a bit more memorable for Moore.

The Crusaders rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the seventh inning against Berean Christian to tie the score and send the game to extra innings.

In the 12th, Canterbury scored twice then held Berean to one run in the bottom half for a 7-6 victory that sends the Crusaders on their third straight trip to the Class A state tournament.

"I think the 101st win is going to be a memory that I'll never forget," Moore said. "This was a game of a lifetime for these ladies."

After walking to open the 12th, Lacy Adams slid into home on Emily Winesett's squeeze bunt to put the Crusaders (21-7) up 6-5. Nina Gomez's sacrifice fly brought in Savvy Mitchell for what proved to be the winning run.

Berean (17-5) threatened to extend the game. A two-out hit was enough to score one run just ahead of the throw from Gomez in leftfield. Canterbury catcher Krissy Longstreet, though, fired to third base after the unsuccessful play at the plate and picked off the advancing runner for the final out.

Canterbury trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh but scored three times. Julia Cieutat had an RBI single, and Longstreet delivered the big blow, a two-run single that tied the score.

"It was pretty intense at that point," Moore said.

Longstreet started at pitcher for Canterbury and went three innings before Winesett entered in relief and tossed the final nine innings, striking out 11.

Mitchell was 4-for-6 and scored twice, including the winning run. Mallory Posey was 3-for-6 with a run scored. Longstreet went 2-for-6 and had two RBIs.

Gomez made a diving catch in the outfield with two outs in the 10th and runners in scoring position to keep the Crusaders alive.

"Everybody did their job up and down the lineup (Tuesday night)," Moore said. "We earned this one."

A softball: Canterbury rallies for stunning victory 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 1:06am]
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