COUGARS 5 WARHAWKS 0
CLEARWATER– Jordan Lewis spun a masterpiece, Alice Gannaway went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and Countryside reached its fourth straight district championship game.
Wednesday night’s 5-0 win over Seminole sets up Thursday’s title against rival East Lake. The Eagles advanced with a 7-2 win over Pinellas Park in the earlier semifinal.
“It’s going to be a good game tomorrow so I’m definitely excited,” Gannaway said after recording her eighth multi-hit game of the season.
The senior outfielder nearly put Countryside on the board with one swing of the bat Wednesday. Her leadoff shot in the bottom of the first just missed clearing the fence. Gannaway settled for a double and came home two batters later on Makenzie Griffin’s sacrifice fly to center, but it was a little bit of a let-down.
“I wanted to get the first home run on the field to get my name on the plaque,” she said, speaking about Countryside’s new on-campus field that opened this season.
The Cougars racked up 10 hits on the night but it wasn’t until the fifth that the offense provided Lewis with some breathing room – not that she needed it. Countryside took advantage of two doubles from Gannaway and Claire Kemp and two walks during the frame to score three runs and pull away.
“We started out flat offensively,” Cougars coach Kaylyn Bayly said. “It’s hard to get it going sometimes but we kind of kicked it into gear.”
Lewis made sure nothing more was needed. The senior came within a first-inning base hit of throwing a perfect game. Lewis sat down the next 19 Warhwaks in order after Jordan Day reached safely with a two-out single.
Abigail Siegel and Megan Jankiewicz both reached base three times and scored once for the Cougars.
Thursday’s championship game will be Countryside and East Lake’s third meeting of the season. The Cougars won 7-2 at East Lake and the Eagles won 2-0 in eight innings at Countryside.
The Cougars won last year’s district title over East Lake 2-0 at Pinellas Park.
Sem – 000 000 0 --- 0-1-1
CS – 100 030 x --- 5-10-0
WP – Jordan Lewis
LP – Jordan Day
Jordan Day – Loss, 5.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 K, 2 BB – 1-for-3
Jordan Lewis – CG Win 7.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K, 0 BB – 1-for-4
Alice Gannaway – 3-for-4, R, 2 2B
Megan Jankiewicz – 2-for-2, R, BB