"We play really hard from the first pitch to the last out," Harner said. "That's something we work really hard all year to do."
Harner, who started in the circle for the Blue Demons, pitched the first 52/3 innings before giving way to Katie DeStefano. Harner returned in the seventh to complete the game. She finished with nine strikeouts.
"I am the kind of person who can't stand not being in the circle," Harner said. "Then we got the lead and all we needed was three outs."
The Golden Knights (9-6 overall, 7-4 division) led by 6-2 after the top of the sixth inning, getting a three-run shot from Abadie in the fifth and a two-RBI double from Steinmetz in the sixth.
But being down didn't faze Kennett (12-4, 11-3). In fact, the Blue Demons had rallied in the first meeting between the teams, as well.
Pinch-hitter Maddie Bowe got things going for Kennett when she hit an absolute rope to start the bottom of the inning. Three straight walks put the Blue Demons back on the board. and a two-run single by DeStefano brought Kennett within 6-5.
A couple of errors gave Kennett the lead. Harner later knocked in two more runs.
"I think we are the best team in the division, and we are the team to beat," DeStefano said.
W.C. Rustin 000 033 1 - 7 7 4
Kennett 010 017 x - 9 7 2
WP: Katie DeStefano. LP: Caela Abadie. 2B: WCR-Anna Steinmetz, Elaina DiPrimio; K-Brooke Harner, DeStefano. HR: WCR-Abadie.