District 1-5A softball: Mosley, Gulf Breeze advance in wild games


Mosley hosts Wakulla in the Region 1-5A semifinal.

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Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:53 PM.

SPRINGFIELD — One wild finish deserved another at the Vera Shamplain Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

Mosley and Gulf Breeze emerged from two dramatic games with victories at the District 1-5A softball tournament and clinched respective berths at regionals next week. Mosley outlasted Arnold for a 2-1, eight-inning victory, and Gulf Breeze defeated Rutherford 6-5 in stunning fashion in the bottom of the seventh.

The two victors will play tonight for the district championship at 6 p.m. at the same complex.

Mosley 2, Arnold 1

Mosley pitcher Katie Lopes overpowered Arnold’s offense and finished with 17 strikeouts, but the Dolphins (14-6) were unable to gain control of the game until the contest’s final play.

Two walks and an error loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with the score knotted at 1-all. Meagan Gray's groundball up the middle was misplayed, however, and that allowed Lopes to cross home plate with the winning run.

“We knew it would be a good game because Arnold is a very good team,” said Lopes, who pitched all eight innings and limited the Marlins to three hits.

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