WINTER GARDEN — The West Orange softball team drove in three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Friday night, breaking a 2-2 tie with the Olympia Titans en route to a 7-2 victory on the program's Senior Night.
Lexi Blair, Sabrina Stutsman and Amanda Nikhazy each drove in a run in the pivotal half-inning for the Warriors (23-1), with Blair finishing the game with a pair of RBI and 2 runs scored to help lead the way.
On the mound, Kelsey Morrison tossed a complete game for West Orange, allowing just two runs over seven innings and escaping a number of jams with Olympia baserunners in scoring position.
"I knew that even if (Olympia) got hits that our defense would have me and, most importantly, our hitters would hit," Morrison said. "I knew that we would get the hits, get the runs when we needed them."
The lone pair of runs for the Titans came off of a 2-run home run by Tate McClellan.
Kendall Arcia homered for the Warriors.
Though disappointed with the defeat, Olympia head coach Stephanie Manny said afterward that she was proud of the way her team played against West Orange — which is ranked No. 4 in the state across all classifications and defeated the Titans 11-0 the last time around.
"They came to compete — that's all we could have asked," Manny said before referencing some missed opportunities that could have set the contest down a different path. "We had bases loaded twice (and didn't score); so that hurt."
The two teams could meet again in the Class 8A District 3 Tournament, which is set to begin on April 13 with the championship game set for April 17 at Olympia.