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“Per­son­ally I felt very good in the cir­cle,” Kaylee Cross said. “I felt com­fort­able with my de­fense be­hind me. Two er­rors didn’t cost us any­thing, didn’t hurt us in the end.

“I think see­ing pitch­ing like that is good for the run that we’re about to go on. Play­ing a good team like that is good ex­pe­ri­ence for us.”

While the game ul­ti­mately ended a loss for La Plata, head coach Dave Krahling was rel­a­tively pleased with the per­for­mance af­ter his team lost its reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing with the Pa­tri­ots by a 10-2 count.

“They came out to play and they played hard and they played to­gether as a team,” he said. “We picked up from the last time we played them. We made a lot of er­rors then. We made a few to­day, but over­all we played to­gether. North­ern’s al­ways had a good team. We bat­tled with them and a lit­tle blooper got us.

“You never give up. This is a step­ping stone for us go­ing into the re­gion­als. We were ex­cited to play them.”

La Plata is the top seed in Sec­tion I of the Class 2A South Re­gion, and is sched­uled to open its post­sea­son

on Mon­day in the sec­tion semi­fi­nals against the win­ner of a Thurs­day sec­tion quar­ter­fi­nal matchup that had fourth-seeded Patux­ent host­ing fifth-seeded Thomas Stone. If the War­riors can re­main con­sis­tent in their ap­proach, Krahling be­lieves his squad could en­joy a pro­longed play­off run.

“If we stick to do­ing what we’re do­ing, I think we’ll have a good chance to go all the way,” he said. “If we stay to­gether as a team and play solid de­fense, I think we’re go­ing to be fine.”

In the other dugout, there is no con­fu­sion re­gard­ing the goal. North­ern has won eight straight 3A state cham­pi­onships and earned the No. 1 seed for the 3A South Re­gion’s Sec­tion II. The Pa­tri­ots will play first in the sec­tion semi­fi­nals on Mon­day against the win­ner of a Thurs­day sec­tion quar­ter­fi­nal that had fourth-seeded St. Charles host­ing fifth-seeded Po­tomac of Prince Ge­orge’s County, then will look to­wards a likely sec­tional fi­nal af­fair with county ri­val Hunt­ing­town on Wed­nes­day.

“We’ll take each one as they come,” Rad­ford said. “I know we’ll get the win­ner of a game on Mon­day and then we’ll just go as long as we can. It’s win and move on. The girls have been here be­fore. I think the ex­pe­ri­ence fac­tor will help us.”

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