The Braves led, 10-3, after the third, and heading into the bottom of the fifth led, 11-4, after plating another run off Sablan. But after Audrey Eades’ double, Mount Zion wouldn’t get another runner on base.
“My coach told me to throw everything, and it worked,” Sablan said. “Every single bit of it worked. There were a few hits that got them on base, but other than that, we held them, and that’s why we’re here.”
Carpenter said she was pleased with how her team bounced back after the nightmarish third inning.
"We took a big punch there,” Carpenter said. “We had some disheartened folk in our dugout. I was like, ‘Come on, please do not let this be the first time I see you not being yourselves.’
Then we started chipping away and chip[ping] away, then we get the big inning and you get that belief going. As soon as we tied it, I really, really felt like we had a shot.”
Reynolds said the team feels confident heading into Saturday’s title match.
Carpenter said the team goes in ready after its comeback on Friday.
“I hope we can maintain who we are,” Carpenter said. “For three innings, we kind of disappeared there. But we scratched, clawed and fought our way back into this game to win it. Tomorrow, I think we’ll be ready at the start. ... These kids enjoy each other so much, they’re going to be crying at the end, one way or another. I just hope they can be themselves and walk off this field proud of the performance they give.”
Sablan also said the team is relishing the win.
“We were down,” Sablan said. “We weren’t down on each other, we were down about how we could do better. I don’t think we realized how big this competition would be. They just hit us in the face, but we took it and we strive forward. And that’s how we won the game.”