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Applemen girls use big inningto down Clear Spring

March 29, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - The Musselman Applemen girls' softball team benefitted from the big inning.

Musselman scored eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to come back from a 4-3 deficit and beat the Clear Spring Blazers 12-7 on Thursday afternoon.

"That eight-run fifth inning was wonderful," Musselman coach Shelly Ostrowski said. "I have been looking for that all season. We finally started putting it together."

Jenny Hogan, who is the #9 hitter in the batting order, led off the top of the fifth inning for Musselman (4-2) with a single to right and stole second. Sara Albright was hit by a pitch. Kathy Riner then laid down a bunt that led to two Clear Spring errors on the play. Hogan scored the tying run, Albright moved to third and Riner ended up at second.

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Annie Cochran delivered a two-run single to left to put Musselman ahead to stay. Cochran took second on the throw to home and moved to third on a wild pitch. Two outs later, Candace Minghini ripped an RBI double to center. After that, Kasee Gent got an RBI single to center. Jennifer Quaglio then stroked an RBI triple to right. Hogan walked and stole second. Albright capped the rally with a two-run single to center.

Riner led Musselman with two hits, which included a solo homer to center in the third.

Musselman starting pitcher Shiloh Salopek went the first 6 1/3 innings to get the win. Natasha Garlington got the save for Musselman by striking out the last two Blazers' batters in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded.

"Our defense let us down a little bit in the beginning," Ostrowski said. "But then our hitting came through eventually and we were able to pull it out at the end. We have been having some trouble getting going. Our whole lineup can hit. We just have to put the bat on the ball."

Junior third baseman Jamie Poffenberger collected two hits and two RBIs, while Megan Simmons also got two hits for Clear Spring (0-2).

"It was just a good old-fashioned beating," Clear Spring coach Drew Michael said. "We were on top for a little while. Then they had that big inning. Everything they hit was hard and found the holes. You have to give Musselman credit. They hit the ball with authority. You are not going to win too many games when you give up 12 runs."

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