A game-ending double play and a three-run first inning, carried Olympia to a 5-4 win at 9A-District 4 champion Lake Nona Wednesday afternoon, in the FHSAA 9A Regional Quarterfinals. The Titans (15-11), winners of 6 of their last 8 games, now advance into the Regional Semifinals next Tuesday for only the second time in school history.
Lake Nona put runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, but a soft liner back to Olympia pitcher Megan Wilder was turned into a double play when the runner strayed too far off first base. The double play put the finishing touches on a complete-game effort from Wilder who struck out 10 and allowed only five hits.
Olympia jumped on Lake Nona early, with a 3-run first inning. Freshman Cameryn Orland opened the game with a single to right and senior Grace Turner followed with another single. Junior Antwane Mitchell brought home the first run with a single to left, the first of her three hits in the game. Megan Wilder followed with a hit to plate the second run and junior Madi Wilder brought home the third run with a bunt.
Turner stretched the Olympia lead to 4-0 in the second inning when she walked and moved around on another Mitchell hit and a ground out.
Lake Nona battled back with a 3-run third inning helped by a pair of Olympia errors.The Titans answered back with a run in the fourth when senior Julia Galate walked, stole second and scored on Turner’s second hit. Lake Nona got a run back in the bottom of the fourth but Megan Wilder slammed the door from there. She got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth when senior center fielder Casey Heinle turned a double play on a fly ball and Wilder struck out the side in the sixth before turning the game-ending double play in the seventh.