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Academy Softball Defeats Tampa Catholic in the Regional Finals

May 15, 2017

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The team waits at the plate celebrating Miniet's homerun. Photo Credit: Alexis Miniet (used with permission).

The team waits at the plate celebrating Miniet's homerun. Photo Credit: Alexis Miniet (used with permission).

The team waits at the plate celebrating Miniet's homerun. Photo Credit: Alexis Miniet (used with permission).

For the first time in Academy history, the softball team has earned the Class 4A regional title and is headed to the state final four. They defeated rival, Tampa Catholic Crusaders 6-2 on Tuesday, May 9 at the Crusaders’ home field.

Junior Alyssa LoSauro says, “It was the best feeling beating TC in the finals after losing to them in districts. All our hard work is paying off”. Photo Credit: Alexis Alvarez/Achona Online

The Jags were down 1-0 until the fourth inning when seniors Haley Morrell and Alexis Miniet both hit two-run homers, taking the 4-1 lead from the Crusaders.

Morrell says, “It was a surreal moment for me and definitely the highlight of my senior year. I had no idea it was out until I saw the whole team waiting for me at home plate. I’m so proud we have made it this far and excited for states.”

Miniet says, “After hitting that home run, I knew it. I knew that we were going to win and that we were going to make history.”

Miniet says, “I played this game like it was my last and tried my hardest. Im thrilled the team came together and got the win”. Photo Credit: Alexis Alvarez/Achona Online

Sophomore Gelmi Pasquier pitched all seven innings against Tampa Catholic with a total of three strikeouts, one walk, and three hits.

Pasquier says, “This game was definitely one of my favorite I’ve pitched. I was under a lot of pressure until I saw those homeruns hit which gave me the boost of confidence that I needed to finish strong.”

Paquier and Samantha Miller pumped about the win. Photo Credit: Samantha Miller (used with permission).

States will take place in Vero Beach in the Dodger’s stadium on Wednesday, May 17. Buses will be provided for students who would like to attend.

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