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Applemen make little go a long way vs. Bulldogs

April 02, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Musselmen softball team found out it can do a lot with very little on Tuesday.

OK, maybe it wasn't a lot, but it was enough.

The Applemen managed just four hits, but it was all the offense they really needed - thanks to some solid defensive play - to pull out a 2-1 Apple Valley League win over Martinsburg at Charlotte Prather Park.

"You never know what to expect with us," Musselman coach Shelly Ostrowski said. "We didn't get many hits, but we got them in succession and that was big. We played really good defense."

Musselman (2-2-1) did the best with what it got.

Sara Albright led off the game with a triple to right on the first pitch from Michelle Scales and scored on Kasee Gent's sacrifice bunt to give Musselman a quick 1-0 lead.

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Martinsburg countered (4-4) on Allie Bohrer's RBI single in the bottom half to set up a pitcher's duel.

Scales kept Musselman off-balanced with 11 strikeouts but paid dearly when the Applemen put the ball in play. Musselman's pitcher Kristin Linton held the Bulldogs to three hits while striking out just four, but kept Martinsburg from getting solid hits on the ball.

After five innings of status quo softball, Ostroski called on the Applemen to end the game.

"After the fifth inning, I told the team that we had let them hang around long enough," Ostrowski said. "Let's go out and get a run and then hold them. That's what they did."

Amanda Shanholtz singled to open the sixth, took second on Albright's groundout and scored on Gent's double to left to take the lead.

The rest was up to the Linton and the defense.

Martinsburg got a runner to third with one out in the bottom of the seventh but the possible tying run was erased on a ground ball to third and a rundown.

"Getting that play at third was big," Ostrowski said. "We've shown (third baseman) Kasee a lot of moves on defense. She knows how to play the position."

For Martinsburg, it was a waste of a nice outing for Scales. After allowing Kristen Butts a leadoff double in the second, she retired the next 12 hitters in a row, nine by strikeout, before allowing Shanholtz's hit to leadoff the sixth.

"Scales threw extremely well," Martinsburg coach Mike Mackey said. "She struck out 11. It didn't work out today, but if she can do that every game, we will win more games than we will lose."

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