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Clear Spring softball continues roll

May 15, 2001

Clear Spring softball continues roll



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent
Clear Spring 12

Northern Garrett 1

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Brenneman, Perez (4) and Frantz. Yeakle and Mowen. WP - Yeakle, 7-3. LP - Brenneman.



CLEAR SPRING - Every girl in the starting lineup for the Clear Spring Blazers reached base safely on Monday.

The combination of that fine offensive performance and the solid pitching of junior Stacey Yeakle helped the Blazers beat the Northern Garrett Huskies 12-1 in a Class 1A West Region quarterfinal playoff game.

The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

Clear Spring will now play at Southern Garrett on Wednesday at 4:30 in the region semifinals. If Clear Spring wins on Wednesday, it will advance to the region championship game. The Blazers have advanced to the region title game 10 times in the previous 12 years, which includes eight straight years from 1991 to 1998.

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Yeakle gave up no earned runs and no walks as she fired a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in five innings to improve her pitching record to 7-3.

"I was just trying to throw the right stuff," Yeakle said. "I was just trying to work the pitches in and out. I just tried to pull together after a little bit of a shaky start, because I knew that I had a good team behind me. Once that I got past the first inning, I thought that I was in control. I felt that it was one of my better performances of the year. When I was striking out a lot of batters, it made me feel like that we were finishing them off."

After Northern Garrett (4-15) got a run in the top of the first inning, Clear Spring (13-8) scored a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game. Yeakle reached on an infield error, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.

The Blazers added three runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead. The final run scored on Kari Mowen's RBI single to center.

Clear Spring then put the game away by scoring eight runs in the fourth to build a 12-1 lead. The big hits of the inning were Yeakle's two-run single to center and Jamie Poffenberger's RBI triple to right.

Patsy Krenzer and Allison Gozora scored two runs each for Clear Spring.

"Stacey Yeakle was ahead of the hitters all day long and she was throwing strikes," Clear Spring coach Drew Michael said. "She was mixing her pitches well. She had pretty good velocity. We got the clutch hits when they counted. We ran the bases well and we scored on a few wild pitches."

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