Emily Cannington needed a moment to catch her breath, a moment to let the adrenaline of Navarre’s heart-stopping 2-1 win in softball over previously unbeaten West Florida Tech simmer down slightly.
“It’s amazing,” Cannington said. “Especially right now. We needed this win on our home field.”
The Raiders punctuated the victory in thrilling fashion on a chilly Tuesday night in Navarre.
Tied in the bottom of the seventh, Jessika Seward stood on first base as a pinch-runner with every intention of stealing her way into scoring position.
She stole second. And then she went for third.
The catcher attempted to throw her out. It didn’t work.
“I heard the ball hit off the glove and coach said ‘go, go, go,’” Seward said. “I’m like I’m scoring. We are winning this game.”
Seward crossed the plate and the Raiders (6-4) erupted into celebration after handing the Jaguars (7-1) their first loss and extending their own win streak to three games.
The fact that Navarre won in part because of heads-up base running isn’t a surprise. This is a team with 31 steals on the season through the first 10 games. Seward has five of those stolen bases.
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