Scriuani hits Perry Hall past Dulaney in 4A regional final

May 22, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Perry Hall's Keri Scriuani wasn't trying to be a hero yesterday.

It just turned out that way.

Trailing Dulaney by one run with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning, Gators coach Emily Thon called on Scriuani to execute the suicide squeeze play.

Instead, Scriuani slapped the ball past the drawn-in infield, scoring two runs to propel Perry Hall to a 2-1 victory over the host and 15th-ranked Lions (16-2) in the Class 4A, North Region final.

Perry Hall (13-3), which lost, 3-0, to Dulaney in last season's regional championship game, will make its first appearance in the state semifinals since 1989 Tuesday at Randazzo Park.

On the attempted squeeze, Dulaney third baseman Whitney McClelland broke toward the plate, while shortstop Tracy Miksis ran to cover third, leaving a hole up the middle, where the ball rolled to the outfield.

Thon said she was surprised, but delighted, that Scriuani's bunt was hit as hard as it was. "It was supposed to have been a bunt," Thon said. "I don't know if she saw them charging in and tried to put a little more on it than normal or not."

Scriuani ended the conjecture:

"Honestly, I was so nervous up there that I just wanted to make sure I made contact, because I haven't bunted well all year long. That really wasn't intentional."

Scriuani's bunt was one of several instances that the Gators came through in the clutch.

In the second inning, Perry Hall pitcher Beckie Baker had worked her way unscathed out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation. And in the sixth, center fielder Kerri Siess threw out Leann Huber, who was trying to score the tying run on Katherine Cook's single.

Baker and Dulaney left-hander Julie Green each had taken no-hitters into the fifth inning.

The Lions -- who split two one-run decisions with Perry Hall

during the regular season -- broke the scoreless tie in the fifth on Green's RBI single, scoring Heather Truxel.

Moments after helping her team to a 1-0 advantage, Green found that lead in jeopardy.

Krisan Pfeifer and Stefanie Koman each singled to lead off the sixth and Jessica Loehr reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases.

After Baker popped out, Scriuani produced her two-run bunt single.

"This game shows how close these two teams are," Dulaney coach Elaine Lindsay said. "A little luck here, a little luck there made all the difference."

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