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Panthers find their own rally vs. Jefferson

April 24, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

HANCOCK - The Hancock softball team has victimized itself all season long. Four of its six losses have come in the other team's final at bat; three have been in extra innings.

Monday, with the same situation staring the Panthers in the face, they finally responded.

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With the bases loaded in the fifth, Beth Sterner started a string of four straight hits by Hancock that led to eight runs and a 13-3 victory over Jefferson in five innings.

"We really battled back this time," Hancock coach Kim Horvath said. "We talked last week about how we should get a lead and then take over - not just be happy that we're ahead and let them back in."

Hancock (7-6) led 5-0 after four, and Sterner had retired 12 in a row before Rachel Nichols' infield popup was dropped. Nichols was retired on a fielder's choice for two outs, but three base hits and two Panthers errors got Jefferson (3-8) to 5-3.

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"We were so ahead of her in the beginning," Jefferson coach Leslie Simpson said. "But it took us all the way to the fifth inning to get through the order a couple times. That's when we did a little damage."

The Panthers had backed themselves into a corner again, and like most cats do, came out scratching and clawing on Jefferson pitcher Shelly Hockman. With one out, a walk, error and hit batter loaded the bases for Sterner, who singled back up the middle. Heidi Moats followed with a two-RBI single, and Lauren Younker ended Hockman's day with an RBI single to right.

Reliever Angie Magaha could not stop things; she was greeted by a single from Becca Thomas. A walk, a wild pitch and two more hits by Hancock made it 12-3, and Monica Fox's single off third base scored Kristin Mellott with the closer.

The top four in the Hancock batting order - Alicia Barnard, Sterner, Moats and Younker - went 8-for-12 with eight RBI.

"We got the hits with runners in scoring position today," Horvath said. "We've talked about just getting it in play. Today, they did that."

Hancock 13, Jefferson 3




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Two outs when winning run scored.

Hockman, Magaha (5) and Klejnowski. Sterner and Moats. WP-Sterner (6-6). LP-Hockman (1-5).

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