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Clear Spring wins on softball diamond

April 06, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

CLEAR SPRING - Once the middle of Clear Spring's lineup got the bats working, Hedgesville's (W.Va.) softball team was left in the cold of a windy Wednesday.

Terri Swope singled and Stacey Yeakle tripled to start the third inning, keying a five-run explosion on three hits, a walk and two Eagles errors, and the Blazers added three runs in the fourth and four in the sixth to pull away from the Eagles, 12-3.

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"We haven't been ahead too many times in the season ... I told the kids that once we get ahead, it's all downhill," Blazers coach Drew Michael said. "If you get three, the other team has to get four to beat you, and it makes it so much easier to get ahead early in the game."

Clear Spring left the bases loaded in the first inning and left runners on second and third to end the second. But Hedgesville couldn't make those missed opportunities hurt, stranding two runners in the second and leaving the bases loaded in the third.

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With the game scoreless in the bottom of the third, the Blazers used the hits from Swope and Yeakle as a springboard. A walk and two straight errors put Clear Spring up 3-0, and Kasey Gruber's RBI groundout scored two more runs, as Alison Gozora raced around from second base for a 5-0 lead.

Swope and Yeakle started things off again in the fourth, as Swope tripled and Yeakle singled her in. Kari Mowen's double plated Yeakle, and three walks and a fielder's choice added up to another run for an 8-0 lead.

"Swope had a nice day, Meg (Kari) Mowen hit the ball to the fence on a triple one time, that's what we've got to have to win," Michael said.

Hedgesville scored three runs in the fifth to get within five, but Clear Spring responded with four runs in the sixth to seal the win.

Clear Spring 12, Hedgesville 3




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Shade and McMellen. Yeakle and Mowen. WP - Yeakle. LP - Shade.

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