Clutch at-bat by Taylor helps Argos advance in tourney

Callan Taylor had just talked things over with her teammates and coach in a quick huddle. She now waited patiently for a pitch to hit in a pressure-packed situation.

There were no outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh inning of an NCAA Division II South Regional game at the University of West Florida Softball Complex Saturday afternoon.

The Argonauts trailed 1-0. They needed to win. A loss to the University of Tampa would send them home for the year. Taylor was determined not to let it happen.

The first pitch the former Navarre standout saw was a ball.

“I had to keep my swing and stay within myself, and not let the pitcher make me chase,” Taylor said. “I had to look for the pitch I wanted to hit and hit deep enough for (Sara) Spears to get in.”

The next pitch turned out to be the right one.

The junior first baseman swung her bat and the ball sailed toward the outfield. The outfielder caught the ball but it was hit deep enough that it allowed Spears to come charging into home plate, tying the game at 1-1.

The Argos went on to win 2-1, staving off elimination and advancing to the Super Regional for the second time in three years.

Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.

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