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Coral Springs Charter wakes up, goes for softball 3-peat in Vero Beach

Coral Springs Charter pitcher Ally Muraskin celebrates with catcher Gianna Boccagno after defeating Walton HS at the FHSAA 5A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017.
Coral Springs Charter pitcher Ally Muraskin celebrates with catcher Gianna Boccagno after defeating Walton HS at the FHSAA 5A Girl's Softball State Semifinals in Vero Beach, FL, May 19, 2017. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

The Coral Springs Charter softball team has only lost once this season and haven't trailed in many more.

So, when the Panthers found themselves down 1-0 in the fourth in a Class 5A state semifinal game Thursday morning, coach Mark Montimurro had a little concern.

"Our approach was undisciplined early," Montimurro said. "We needed a big hit in a big spot."

Amanda Flynn came through.

Flynn's scorcher past the first baseman ended up in right field allowing two runs to come home in what would end up becoming a 3-1 victory over Walton.

The victory gives Coral Springs Charter (29-1) a shot at becoming Broward County's first softball team to win three consecutive titles.

The Panthers will have another fight on their hands Saturday morning in the 5A title game at 10:05 against a one-loss Eustis team.

"I just hoped I hit it hard enough to give us the lead with a runner at first," Flynn said.

"I knew we were going to be OK; we went down 1-0 with a lot -- a lot -- of game left."

Walton, whose players left the Dodgertown complex minutes after the game ended to make the seven-hour drive back to the Florida panhandle for its graduation ceremonies, didn't seem fazed by facing three-time All-Broward pitcher Ally Muraskin nor the nationally-ranked Panthers.

The Braves (21-7) stood in strong despite being sat in order until Jamie Lamb reached on an infield hit.

Lamb scored the opening run of the day when Charter's second baseman covering first tried picking her off at second. Instead, the ball went into the outfield and Lamb raced home.

Charter opened the bottom of the inning by getting Lindsey Garcia to third, yet couldn't plate the run.

Things broke open for Muraskin and the Panthers in the fifth with Tatianna Luersen opening the inning with a single and Kiara Meikle walking.

With no outs, Flynn laced a shot under the glove of a Walton first baseman playing close; two runs scored and Flynn landed at third.

Flynn made it 3-1 by scoring on Sara Berthiaume's sacrifice fly to left.

Muraskin made sure the Braves didn't plan on driving back for the championship.

Although Walton had a runner at third in both the sixth and seventh innings off hard-hit triples to the outfield fence, the UCF-bound Muraskin quickly shut things down after that.

With a runner on and two out, Muraskin ended Walton's last stand with a strikeout -- one of 14.

"When I looked at the scoreboard after they scored, I knew we had the innings to get things done," said Muraskin, who gave up just four hits.

"We had 12 outs to play with and were hitting their pitcher hard. We were putting runners on and pressed a few times. We just needed to lift each other up and finish strong."

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