Posted: Mar 24, 2017
March 23, 2017
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints came into Thursday needing a pair of wins over Mid-Florida Conference rivals St. John's River State College and they did just that, outlasting the Vikings in extra innings 7-6 and then run ruled SJRSC 10-2 in game two. The victories move SF (21-12, 5-5 MFC) into fourth place in the Mid-Florida Conference. The top four teams will qualify for the FCSAA Tournament at the end of April in Vero Beach.
The Saints pulled out the game one win despite some costly errors. SF maintained their composure and fought back from a 4-1 deficit with a three run fourth inning to tie the score and took the lead an inning later on a RBI double by Raelye Rouw and a sacrifice fly by Shelby West.
The Vikings chipped away at the lead in the sixth with a run and completed the comeback in the seventh thanks to a pair of Santa Fe errors.
In the eighth Kaylan Tucker held the Vikings scoreless and her teammates came through in the bottom half of the inning. St, John's quickly got the first two outs but Evelyn Arguelles started a Saints rally with a single, Baliee Moll singled behind her and Adrix Paradizo-Ramos showed a good eye to draw a walk. Cassandra Garcia came to the plate with a chance to win the game and worked a full count. She fouled two 3-2 offerings off and on the next pitch drew the bases loaded walk to win the game.
Evelyn Arguelles led the offense going 4-for-5. Baliee Moll, Shailynn Morales, and Raelye Rouw had two hits each.
Game two was all Santa Fe as they jumped out early and never looked back, winning the game 10-2 in five innings. A six run third inning was the big blow.
Moll led the way in game two, homering and going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Cassandra Garcia homered and drove in four runs in the winning effort.
The Saints will hit the road on Saturday, March 25 to take on Lake Sumter State College at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.
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