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American Heritage International : wins and St. Thomas Aquinas falls at state softball

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05/20/2017 | 04:02 am

May 20--It didn't take very long for American Heritage to get out of its state semifinal game at Dodgertown Friday afternoon.

By scoring seven runs in the third inning, the Patriots rolled to an 11-3 victory over Ponte Vedre in a Class 6A semifinal.

Heritage (25-3) will now go for its second consecutive title Saturday at 12:35 p.m. against Land O'Lakes in the Class 6A championship game.

Heritage and coach Marty Cooper are vying for their Broward-best eighth state title.

"We play a really fast style of game," Cooper said. "We practice running the bases to create confusion. I have always believed that there are times where it's not the team which plays the best wins, but the team which makes the most mistakes loses.

"They made some mistakes and gave us some extra runners."

Heritage got things going from the start with Hannah Sipos leading off the bottom of the first with a double to left.

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American Heritage Hannah Sipos slides into home plate to score as they play Ponte Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

Sipos later scored the initial run on a bunt from Maya Rodriguez.

After a scoreless second, the Patriots broke things wide open as Ponte Vedra broke down.

Up 8-0, Cooper reminded his charges of a similar situation the Patriots faced in 2014.

Down 8-0 in the state title game to Belleville, Heritage rallied and ended up winning 11-10.

"We just wanted to go after the first pitch, get on base and make things happen," said Sipos.

"We knew it would take seven innings after what happened a few yearsa ago. We couldn't sit back."

After the Sharks (21-8) scored three in the fifth, Cooper brought in lefty pitcher Amelia Saviskas to change things up a bit.

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The move worked and Heritage plays for yet another title on Saturday.

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St. Thomas Aquinas catcher Kaylei Wilcox misses the ball as Oakleaf HS Baylee Goddard scores in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

--Class 8A semifinal: Orange Park Oakleaf 10, St. Thomas Aquinas 0: Nationally-ranked Oakleaf scored three runs in the top of the third and ran past Aquinas and into a state championship game for the first time in school history.

Aquinas (21-10) was making its fifth consecutive trip to the state finals; after winning the state championship in 2013 and '14, the Raiders have lost in the final four the past three seasons.

On Friday, Oakleaf (29-2 and ranked seventh in the MaxPreps poll) had a chance to score in the second before finally doing so in the third.

Aquinas didn't do itself any favors with sloppy defensive play, two runs coming home on a throwing error which made it 3-0.

In the fourth, Oakleaf made it 4-0 after an error put the leadoff batter in scoring position. In the fifth, Oakleaf put any hope of an Aquinas comeback to bed by plating three more in the fifth then made it a 10-run affair in the top of the seventh.

"We have had these kind of games unfortunately," coach Bryan Baucom said. "We certainly didn't help ourselves out. We left runners on base, made errors. They hit the ball and we made mistakes. We didn't put the bat on the ball as much as we needed to."

American Heritage Katherine Rodriguez catches the ball as Ponte Vedra HS Taylor Bradshaw waits to advance in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Katherine Rodriguez catches the ball as Ponte Vedra HS Taylor Bradshaw waits to advance in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

American Heritage Ponte Brooke Langston hits the ball as they play Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Ponte Brooke Langston hits the ball as they play Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

Ponte Vedra HS Fraley Callaghan lays on the field at home plate after being hit on the helmet with a pitch from American Heritage pitcher in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

Ponte Vedra HS Fraley Callaghan lays on the field at home plate after being hit on the helmet with a pitch from American Heritage pitcher in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

American Heritage Katherine Rodriguez makes it safely as Ponte Vedra HS Kiley Hennessey misses the catch at first base in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Katherine Rodriguez makes it safely as Ponte Vedra HS Kiley Hennessey misses the catch at first base in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

American Heritage Amelia Saviskas pitches as they play Ponte Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Amelia Saviskas pitches as they play Ponte Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

American Heritage Sydney Grobman slides into home plate to score as they play Ponte Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Sydney Grobman slides into home plate to score as they play Ponte Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

American Heritage Brooke Langston tries for a double play after Ponte Vedra HS Madison Lucchino tries to slide into second base in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Brooke Langston tries for a double play after Ponte Vedra HS Madison Lucchino tries to slide into second base in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

American Heritage Marisa Soterakis slides into second as Ponte Vedra HS scotland David looks to throw the ball in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Marisa Soterakis slides into second as Ponte Vedra HS scotland David looks to throw the ball in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

American Heritage Hannah Sipos throws to first base as they play Ponte Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

American Heritage Hannah Sipos throws to first base as they play Ponte Vedra HS in the FHSAA 6A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas Meghan Patterson gets the ball too late as Oakleaf HS Destiny Pacetti slides safely into second base in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

St. Thomas Aquinas Meghan Patterson gets the ball too late as Oakleaf HS Destiny Pacetti slides safely into second base in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas Lindsay Gehring catches a ball for an out as they play Oakleaf HS in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

St. Thomas Aquinas Lindsay Gehring catches a ball for an out as they play Oakleaf HS in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas Kristen Sacca misses a ball as it rolls over second base they play Oakleaf HS in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

St. Thomas Aquinas Kristen Sacca misses a ball as it rolls over second base they play Oakleaf HS in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas catcher Kaylei Wilcox looks at the field as Oakleaf HS Rebecca Koskey 4, scores in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

St. Thomas Aquinas catcher Kaylei Wilcox looks at the field as Oakleaf HS Rebecca Koskey 4, scores in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas Meagan Patterson backs off a pitch as hey play Oakleaf HS in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

St. Thomas Aquinas Meagan Patterson backs off a pitch as hey play Oakleaf HS in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas Meghan Patterson swings her glove to tag Oakleaf HS Katie Kistler at second base in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.

St. Thomas Aquinas Meghan Patterson swings her glove to tag Oakleaf HS Katie Kistler at second base in the FHSAA 8A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. CHARLES TRAINOR JR [email protected]

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