Academy at the Lakes knew it would be difficult to manufacture runs during last week’s anticipated matchup with Land O’Lakes and Gators ace Callie Turner.
So the Wildcats decided to steal a run.
This wasn’t any heist. It took guts — and guile.
Blankenship, after measuring the leisurely exchange between Turner and her catcher, took off toward home in a tie game that had gone to extra innings. The freshman slid safely home, reaching her hand near the corner of the plate before the catcher could lunge forward and apply the tag.
It turned out to be the winning run in AATL’s 3-2 victory.