Posted: 12:53 pm Thursday, May 9th, 2013
By Jeff Greer
VERO BEACH — American Heritage is a win away from its third consecutive state championship, which would put the Stallions in some elite company. They beat Montverde Academy yesterday to earn the right to play Jacksonville-Bishop Snyder in a rematch of last year’s Class 3A state title game.
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Game’s underway. It’s beautiful and slightly breezy here at the Vero Beach Sports Village. Great crowd, too.
Bottom 7: American Heritage 1, Bishop Snyder 0
Casey Estes walked with one out. Amber Swinarski ran for her and advanced to second on Toni Pancione’s bunt. Then, Addison Simpson grounded a pitch right to the pitcher, Sydney Wright, who threw just wide left of the bag. First baseman Natasha Kistler caught the ball but bumped into Simpson, who jostled the ball loose on the collision. Swinarski kept running and beat the throw home. What a way to clinch a third straight state title.
Top 7: Bishop Snyder 0, American Heritage 0
Emily Knox bunt-singled her way on, then Heritage third baseman Jessie Mohl mistakenly threw to second on the follow-up bunt and didn’t get Knox in time. First and second with no outs for Bishop Snyder. A sac bunt moved the runners to second and third, but Corrie Boggess pitched to Natasha Kistler and got her to fly out. Bishop Snyder didn’t try Sarah Collier’s arm. Boggess hit Christine Hume with her first pitch, setting up a big at-bat against Sydney Wright, Bishop Snyder’s best hitter. Boggess struck her out swinging. End of threat.
End 6: American Heritage 0, Bishop Snyder 0
Bishop Snyder got its seventh base runner of the game, but once again Corrie Boggess got out of trouble with the help of a good defense. Marissa Mangini made an outstanding catch racing back on a fly ball.
Mangini got a one-out single to center, but Whitney Farris lined out to center. Boggess walked with two outs. Ashley Niesman hit a hard line drive, but it was right at the right fielder.
End 5: American Heritage 0, Bishop Snyder 0
Corrie Boggess hit Sam Hume with a 2-1 pitch. Marissa Underhill bunted Hume over, then Natasha Kistler singled to left with two outs, putting runners at first and third. That’s when Sarah Collier made a tie-saving, over-the-shoulder catch, diving and securing the ball with her off-hand.
Casey Estes singled just past the pitcher with one out, but that was the only movement.
End 4: American Heritage 0, Bishop Snyder 0
Bishop Snyder didn’t threaten in its at-bat. Marissa Mangini got the first hit of the game for Heritage with a ground-ball single up the gut. Whitney Farris grounded out to third to move Mangini to second. Then Sydney Wright struck out Corrie Boggess and Ashley Niesman, who had two doubles and an RBI in yesterday’s semifinal.
End 3: American Heritage 0, Bishop Snyder 0
Back-to-back singles with two outs gave Bishop Snyder the game’s first scoring opportunity, but Corrie Boggess got a lineout to end the threat. Sydney Wright cruised through Heritage’s order again, going 1-2-3.
End 2: American Heritage 0, Bishop Snyder 0
Corrie Boggess has thrown 23 pitches and Sydney Wright’s thrown 25 in a quick-moving state championship. Wright went 1-2-3 in the second.
End 1: American Heritage 0, Bishop Snyder 0
Both teams put a runner on first, but they got no farther. Bishop Snyder ace Sydney Wright got a big strikeout on Corrie Boggess to end the first inning.
While we’re waiting for the game to get going, check out our breakdown of the state semifinals here and read my report from yesterday’s games here. I also have a short preview of our local teams’ story lines here.
Today’s matchup features two of the state’s top pitchers in American Heritage’s Corrie Boggess, who’s 14-3 with a 1.31 ERA, and Bishop Snyder’s Sydney Wright, who is 25-4 with a 0.55 ERA. Boggess will play at Indian River State College in the fall, and Wright’s headed to Arkansas.
C. Hume 3B
E. Knox CF
S. Hume 2B