Region 1-5A softball: Mosley advances to second straight final


Katie Lopes had 11 strikeouts in Mosley's 3-1 win over Wakulla.

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Published: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:36 PM.

LYNN HAVEN — It doesn’t matter where you hit in the lineup as long as you produce when it’s your turn to deliver.

Kristen Hutto, batting in the No. 9 hole for Mosley, provided her team’s biggest hit of the day with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning that lifted the Dolphins to a 3-1 home win over Wakulla in the Region 1-5A softball semifinals on Saturday.

Mosley (17-6) will travel to play undefeated Ponte Vedra on Monday in the regional finals with a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals at stake. Dolphins coach Brian Wilke said he was going to lobby for a 6 p.m. CDT start.

“It means a lot,” Hutto said of the opportunity awaiting Mosley. “I’ve never been to the Elite Eight before.”

Katie Lopes led off the fourth with a bloop single to left field, and courtesy runner Taylor Register advanced to second when Mackenzie Johnson was hit by a pitch. Wakulla hurler Meghan Sarvis was on the verge of escaping the inning unharmed, but Hutto poked a single to left field to allow Register and Johnson to score for a 3-1 advantage.

Hutto shares hitting duties with Mari Irving at the back end of the batting order, and she now has reached base five times in her last two games.

“We have to see who’s on base and know our runners,” Hutto said. “When we know our runners, then we have to know where to hit it.”

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