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Crusaders, Lancers each advance to finals // TAMPA CATHOLIC 9, FLORIDA HIGH 4

Published Jul. 6, 2006

Tampa Catholic entered the top of the sixth inning trailing Tallahassee Florida High 4-1 with the bottom of the order due up.

For the Crusaders to come back, they needed some breaks and solid hits.

They got both, scoring eight runs on six hits and three Florida High errors to capture a 9-4 win and a trip to the Class 3A final at 8 tonight.

Florida High took advantage of Tampa Catholic's careless fielding in the fourth to score four runs and the Crusaders' season appeared to be over.

The Seminoles scored on three hits and a run-yielding error.

But Crusader pitcher Dena Glover never gave up and her defense returned, holding Florida High scoreless for the remainder.

Then the offense rallied. In the sixth, freshman Andrea Alcala got the first break with a walk. Another freshman, Rena Rodriquez, got the second break when a high popup dropped for a single because the catcher and pitcher collided and the ball hit the ground between them.

Consecutive errors by the Seminoles scored Alcala and left the bases loaded with no outs.

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8 and 9 batters Angela Cantu and Meagen Sheehan followed with back-to-back singles to tie the score 4-4 and the bases remained loaded with no outs.

Freshman leadoff hitter Michelle Stark hit a long two-run single to deep center and moved to second on the throw home for a two-run Crusaders' lead with no outs and runners on second and third.

The Crusaders added three for a five-run lead.

"All we wanted in the sixth was to get some runners on base and Andrea started that with the walk," Crusader coach Pete Wagner said. "From there it seemed to go our way with some breaks and the six hits."

Sophomore Lynn Cavaliero led the offensive attack for Tampa Catholic, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

"I was real relaxed for the game because their pitcher never made me nervous," Cavaliero said. "The whole team coming back like that was a great feeling."

"Coming back like that was for me like throwing a perfect game," Glover said. "I was really depressed after the fourth inning, but the whole team came back together. It was great."