Holding a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, the Tate softball team did not want to leave anything to chance in their Region 1-7A quarterfinal against Tallahassee Lincoln.
Lauren Brennan put them at ease.
After turning in an RBI-single in the bottom of the fourth, the senior sparked a five-run running in the bottom of the sixth that powered the Aggies to a 6-0 shut out against Lincoln.
“It can be so contagious,” Brennan said. “We might start off a little slow sometimes, but once we get a hit, the whole team does better.”
Contagious is an apt description as Rachel Wright, Samantha Burks and Casey McCrackin followed up with hits of their own.
“We were flat for about five innings,” said Tate coach Melinda Wyatt. “Finally started getting some contact on the ball. Inning one through five we were popping everything up.
“When one person hits, its kind of contagious and the other kids get on the bandwagon.”
The Aggies will need to keep the momentum as they host rival Niceville at 6 p.m. in Thursday’s Region 1-7A Semifinal — a rematch of the district championship.
Jay alum on Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference Team
Payden Roberts, a 2011 Jay High School graduate, was recently selected to the Conference Carolinas 2015 Academic All-Conference Team for baseball.
The Emmanuel College outfielder was one of 57 selections, all of which were juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
In addition to GPA and class-standing requirements, student-athletes must have attended their member institution for at least one full academic year.
Pace’s Beckstrom is PNJ Athlete of the Week
Pace High second baseman Chase Beckstrom is the Pensacola News Journal Athlete of the Week following his clutch double play in Thursday’s District 1-6A baseball championship.
With his team clinging to a 4-3 lead against Milton in the bottom of the fifth inning, the junior came up with two huge outs that instantly changed momentum in the game.
With one out and the tying Milton runner at second, Beckstrom caught a pop fly and then beat his runner to the bag to escape the inning unscathed as the Patriots went on to win 6-3.
“That was a big play, right after our second baseman made an error (that allowed the runner to reach second),” said Pace coach Jason McBride. “He could have easily hung his head, but no. The next ball hit to him he turns a double play and that’s a testament to his character and the type of player he is. That was a big play, that kind of takes your momentum away right there.
“We’re in a one-run game right there and if they get a base hit they could tie it up. Now everybody starts feeling the pressure a little more, but you turn that double play right there and it takes the air out of them. That was a big play for us.”