7-run Rally Puts CSAS In 5-A Softball Title Game

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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - by David Jenkins
If there were any lingering questions in the mind of Arts & Sciences coach Kaity Holloway about how much they wanted to stay on course in the District 5-A tournament, they were answered decisively Wednesday afternoon.

After being suppressed and frustrated for five full innings by Grace Academy pitcher Tara Helton. the Lady Patriots rallied behind Jumani Greer's  clutch double for a seven-run sixth inning and an 8-2 victory in the winners' bracket final in a memorable battle at Warner Park.


CSAS will thus have the day off today while Grace hosts Silvedale Academy at 7 p.m. in the losers bracket final for the right to move on to region play.

Trailing 2-1 going into the sixth, the Lady Patriots were in a two-out, two-on situation when Greer hit a towering fly ball down the right field line that fell exactly where it could not be caught in fair territory. While the Grace girls were still reeling, the next two CSAS hitters dropped down bunt singles and the big inning was on. Mercedes Benn would also go to have an RBI single in the inning and Brittany Taylor, whose double set the table, would drive in a run on a misplay in he second at-bat of the inning.

Holloway, the Lady P0atriots' first-year coach who took over the program from her sister this season, saw Greer's big hit as anything but a but a fluke.

"That was huge for us," she said. "Jumani did what she needed to do, did what we work on doing every day. That's the kind of hitter she is.

"I think we became a better team today," Holloway added. "To have done a bunch of things we did, we showed the heart of a lion today."

The rally also made the pitching performance of senior right-hander Liana Rodrigues stand for something substantially more. The CSAS pitcher struck out 14 while holding Grace Academy to a single hit. But the underdogs were able to scratch out two unearned runs in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of uncharacteristic throwing errors by the Lady Patriots.

Grace Academy        000    200    0    --    2    1    1
Arts & Sciences        010    007    x    --    8    8    3

    Helton, Smith (6)  and McGoughey; Rodrigues and Settles.

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