"I just cleared my head and did anything to get on base like my coach said," Fabian said. "I was thinking double the entire time because I knew I could make it, I am pretty fast."
Howard rewarded the effort when she hit a hard ground ball in the hole between shortstop and third base. The Westchester shortstop made a great diving stop but the ball hit off her and onto the shallow left-field grass and Thayer waved Fabian home for the winning run.
"It feels really good because last year [Westchester] knocked us out in two games so it was really nice to come back and win it," Fabian said.
It ended a wild ride for both teams. Westchester took the first lead of the game without even a hit in the top of the second, as two consecutive CVFH errors scored Westchester's Amber Kahn, who reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on an error.
Kahn scored when Campos hit a chopping grounder to shortstop, which wasn't handled cleanly. Kahn was initially caught in a pickle going home after the shortstop fired a throw to the catcher to catch Kahn in no-man's land, but the catcher's throw back to third was off target, which allowed Kahn to score the first run of the game.
CVFH's offense uncharacteristically struggled early on, as it was retired in order in the first and second innings. Tiffany Bartamian got CVFH back on track when she led off the bottom of the third with a home run to left-center off a 3-2 fastball.
"I fouled off the one before that and I knew I was going to get on the next one," Bartamian said. "I didn't think it was going to go out until I rounded first base and saw it go out. It felt great to get us started."
Thayer said Bartamian's blast helped calm all the nerves for CVFH.