Class 3A Regional Softball Final

Thomas Johnson’s Camryn Senuta (13) dives into home plate Saturday to score the winning run during the bottom of the eighth inning of the Class 3A softball regional final at the Frederick High School. The Patriots defeated the Lancers 9-8 and will compete in the upcoming state tournament.

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

3A West Section I final

Thomas Johnson 9, Linganore 8 (8 innings)

In a game that was scheduled then rescheduled and switched to a different venue due to wet conditions, a back-and-forth affair gave way to extra-inning dramatics Saturday as the Patriots prevailed with a daring play in the bottom of the eighth at Frederick High School.

After Linganore went up 8-7 in its half of the eighth, TJ tied the game again three batters into the bottom of the frame, when Olivia Ordonez scored Haley Jaconski on a fielder’s choice with one out. Jaconski started the inning on second base due to international tiebreaker rules, and advanced to third on a passed ball. Camryn Senuta then reached first on a bunt, during which the Lancers held Jaconski at third.

After Senuta took second on defensive indifference, Ordonez’s fielder’s choice followed, knotting the game.

With Carleigh Warsing set to bat, TJ coach Paul Jennings used his offensive timeout to gather his team.

“And I told the team, ‘We are going to win this right now,’” he said in an email Sunday, describing the suicide squeeze play he enacted.