Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Class 6ASoftball region quarterfinals

Small ball boosts Durant to win over Gaither

DURANT — Figuring his team would be locked in a tight, low-scoring battle against Gaither, Durant coach Matt Carter instructed the Cougars to play small ball in the second inning Tuesday night.

"In a big game, it's usually going to be decided by a run, so you're just trying to scratch one out," Carter said.

His plan worked to perfection. And then some.

With the help of three bunt singles, the Cougars scored five times in the second, which keyed a 6-2 win that sends Durant to the region semifinals for the first time since 2003. The Cougars (23-5) play at Countryside on Friday.

"I didn't think we'd put five on the board," Carter said. "Everything fell right for us (in the second). They executed well and did what they were supposed to do."

Durant pitcher Sara Demuth did the rest.

The senior, who entered with a 0.23 ERA, allowed five hits and only two earned runs in the seventh to improve to 13-2. It didn't hurt that Durant's defense produced clutch double plays with one out in the fifth and sixth innings to thwart Gaither's (21-8) scoring chances.

"Sara threw a good game," Carter said. "She's dependable and consistent."

The bunting was only part of Durant's big inning. Catcher Kristen Jones smacked a double that drove in two.


Small ball boosts Durant to win over Gaither 04/22/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Former Gator Caleb Brantley paying a steep price for nothing


    It turns out Caleb Brantley isn't quite the dirtbag that millions of people presumed. It's too bad the damage to his reputation and bank account is already done.

    Caleb Brantley, who dropped to the sixth round of the draft, works out during Browns rookie minicamp. [Associated Press]
  2. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    OF/DH Corey Dickerson missed out on a good birthday gift when AL player of the week honors went instead to Detroit's J.D. Martinez. Dickerson hit .385 with five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs; Martinez went .389-4-9-7 and got the nod.

  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb learning to work with what he has



    If this were 2012 or 2013, even 2014, RHP Alex Cobb would have problems. He would find himself working with only two of his three pitches, with the missing pitch being his trusty changeup.

    Alex Cobb, working mainly with his fastball and curveball, is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his past five starts. The Rays right-hander tries to continue his strong stretch tonight against the Angels.