ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury and St. Petersburg Catholic met more than a month ago on the Barons' field, and the result wasn't pretty for the Crusaders.
In that contest, SPC scored 10 runs on 13 hits. Canterbury managed one single in a game that was called after five innings.
Wednesday, the teams hooked up again.
The outcome was the same. St. Petersburg Catholic won 1-0 to complete a sweep of the Crusaders, but the slim margin had Canterbury feeling a bit more positive following the defeat.
"The team that showed up today was my team," Canterbury coach Jody Moore said. "I don't know who showed up the last time."
As much as Canterbury improved in five weeks, the Crusaders still had no answer for SPC starting pitcher Chloe Saganowich. The junior right-hander struck out 12 and allowed only two hits to get the shutout victory.
Canterbury starter Krissy Longstreet, though, was equally impressive. The sophomore had full command of a variety of pitches and yielded just five hits in seven innings, setting up a pitcher's duel.
"She was very confident," Moore said. "I was very pleased with her. … She was definitely on."
The game's only run was scored in the fourth inning. Bonnie Joyner singled with one out for SPC (19-3), then advanced to second on a groundout. Looking to manufacture a run, Joyner stole third, colliding with Canterbury third baseman Nina Gomez in the process. The throw to third went into the outfield, and Joyner scooted home.
"My coaches were telling me to go," Joyner said. "I didn't see the ball go into the outfield, I just went."
Gomez remained on the ground clutching her knee after the collision. She was carried off the field and later transported to a hospital with what appeared to be a serious injury.
Canterbury (13-6) had its best scoring opportunity after Longstreet collected the Crusaders' first hit with a double to start the fifth. Longstreet moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Saganowich fanned the next two batters.
In the seventh, Jennifer Crosthwaite led off with a single but was stranded after Saganowich struck out three more.