POLAND - Lakeview's Taylor Waid and Poland's Kasie Serich had their fair share of putouts during Thursday's Division II sectional final at North Elementary School.
Each struck out nine batters and Serich surrendered the game's only walk to Alyssa Nicholas in the top of the sixth inning.
Seemingly, the two teams were in the midst of a pitcher's duel.
However, Poland took advantage of a Lakeview fielding miscue to go on to a 3-1 victory.
Poland (19-7) started off the top of fourth, tied at 1, with a Marissa Trevis double. Taylor Miokovic followed with a single to center field, but it was misplayed - resulting in a two-base error that scored Trevis with the go-ahead run.
"Lakeview is a tremendous team," Poland coach Matt Campbell said. "They've played great all year long - tremendous hitters, tremendous pitcher. They're well coached. Any time and team can capitalize on a mistake like that, it's obviously to our benefit.
"We're looking for an inch. Both pitchers pitched phenomenal. We're just looking for that little spark. That was it, whether it's an error or base hit."
Lakeview ends its season at 11-8.
"Our players came out and gave it everything they had," Lakeview coach Vicki Lawrence said. "My pitcher pitched one heckuva game. They had a few hits at the right time. We had a few mistakes. They made us pay for them.
"But like I said before, I'm proud of them."
Poland takes on West Branch in Wednesday's district semifinal at Alliance High School, starting at 5 p.m. West Branch beat Cardinal Mooney in Thursday's sectional final, 12-2 in five innings.
Meanwhile, Waid started the scoring with a solo home run to deep center field in the top of the second inning.
"I threw her a curve. It was the only one I threw in the game," Serich said.
Trevis, meanwhile, went 3 for 3 with two doubles and a single. Trevis, who started the bottom of the sixth with a double, moved to third on Miokovic's single. A wild pitch scored Trevis. Miokovic went 2 for 3 with two singles.
"She's a really good pitcher and she hits her spots," Trevis said of Waid. "The umpire had a way-outside pitch today. I just went up there, crowded the plate. I like the outside and that's where she went."
As for sophomore Ally Deemer, she took a pitch over the left-field fence in the bottom of the third.
"To be able to turn on one is tremendous," Campbell said.
Serich found her zone after the Waid home run.
"He (the home plate umpire) was calling outside corners and that was working to my advantage," she said. "I like to mix it up. With him calling outside, I was trying to work with that."