The win was Creekview’s second in a row after dropping the series opener.
After Emily Mitchell walked and Kendall Williams reached on an error, Rachel Rogers came to the plate with two on and two out in the top of the seventh.
Rogers drove the ball to left field, only to see it caught by a stretching Gruber on the run, ending the game.
Creekview coach Chance Cain called Gruber’s catch “an ESPN-worthy moment, no doubt.”
Cain said the play, in the top of the seventh, was the key moment of the game.
Had Gruber not made the catch, Sequoyah coach Todd Morrissey felt the outcome of the game could have been different.
“Right there at the end, we had a shot,” Morrissey said. “If (Gruber) drops the ball, it goes into the corner and it’s 3-2, and we are up. The best part of it is that they didn’t give up at the end.”
Creekview (21-8) scored a pair of runs in the third inning, with Cynda Tate and Ashley Chumbler driving them in on back-to-back plays. Tate’s single drove in Madison Luck, who had walked and stole second with two outs in the inning. Tate stole second, only to come home on Chumbler’s double.
Sequoyah (15-9) chipped into the lead in the top of the seventh with a leadoff homer by Katie Collis.
Morrissey said he felt his team had a real shot of winning at that moment, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
“We had a walk and an error and then a long-ball hit,” Morrissey said. “That was the show.”
The low-scoring game came just a day after the teams played a doubleheader and put a total of 27 runs on the board in 13 innings. Cain attributed the difference to the players working off some of the nerves they had Wednesday.
“The pitchers weren’t hitting their spots (Wednesday),” he said. “(On Thursday), I think everybody was able to keep the ball down. Casee Disharoon was able to hit her spots all night, and Emily (Mitchell) was able to do the same thing. So, it was just a great game. It could have gone either way, but I’m glad it went our way.”
Disharoon pitched seven innings, striking out nine and allowing just one run.
Mitchell’s night was nearly as good. She threw six innings, struck out four and gave up two runs.
Creekview will be at home for the first round of the state playoffs, hosting Woodland-Bartow in a best-of-three series that begins Wednesday. If they win that series, the Lady Grizzlies would be at home for the second round as well.
“The last two years, we got the second seed, so we won the first round and then had to travel, but this year, we will be staying here in Canton,” Cain said.
As the No. 2 seed, Sequoyah will host Paulding County in the first round.
“You know, we were playing for a region championship in this tournament,” Morrissey said. “But then, in the back of your mind, you know you have a home series coming up.”