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12-run third torpedoes Heritage Academy

April 13, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Up 5-1 after two innings, Heritage Academy looked in control of its softball game against rival Grace Academy.

Titanic looked in control of the North Atlantic, too.

Without warning on a windy Tuesday afternoon, Grace Academy rained down 12 runs in the third inning and sunk Heritage 22-9 in five innings by the 10-run rule.

Heritage (1-2) had a hand in its own demise, committing five errors in the third inning and 10 for the game.

"The girls hit the ball hard, we got a couple of errors; that helped some," Grace coach Dave Buser said. "I was real pleased overall offensively after the first inning."

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Heritage used three Trojan errors and an RBI single from Andrea Daley in the first and added a run on another single from Amanda Miles in the second for a 5-1 lead.

"I think we just weren't quite ready, it's been a week and a half since we've played," Buser said. "The first inning we went down 1-2-3 ... that hadn't happened to us yet. Our game face wasn't on; maybe we weren't mentally prepared."

However, after the second inning, the icebergs - er, Eagles - moved in.

Grace brought 17 batters to the plate in the frame. Stephanie Anthony and Beth Kendall both walked, and a triple from Jamie Forsyth drove them both in. Sarah Conner's single brought home Forsyth, and after a single from Jessica Scuderi, Liz Rock's double brought home Conner and Scuderi for a 6-5 lead.

After two more walks and a popout, Anthony hit a single that got past the center fielder. Three runs scored on the error to build the lead to four.

Kendall's single plated Anthony from third, and after another error, Conner's second single drove home Kendall. Another error brought home Fursith and Conner.

Heritage's 5-1 lead was now a 13-5 whitewash.

"The errors kind of hurt us," Heritage coach Denise Schlimgen said. "But it's only their second game. They're getting better each game."

Grace tacked on seven more runs in the fourth, sending 11 to the plate in the inning. Rock's second double drove in two, and Heritage never resurfaced.

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