“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.”