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Panthers come back to beat Jefferson

April 07, 2004|by JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - The Hancock softball team erased a 4-1 deficit in the final two innings to pull out a 5-4 win over Jefferson on Tuesday.

Panthers pitcher Adrienne Kesecker (3-0) did not issue a walk and gave up three earned runs in seven innings, outdueling Jefferson's Casey Woods.

Woods allowed only one walk and two earned runs in seven innings. The Cougars commited six errors.

"Adrienne kept her head up and she knew that her team would stand behind her," Hancock coach Heather Creek said. "She wasn't as fast today as she normally is, but she had good control."

Jefferson (3-2) snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.

The Panthers (4-1) responded with three in the bottom of the inning to knot the score again.

With one out, Aimee Barton singled to center for one of her two hits and went to second when Jenna Demory reached on a fielding error. Nina Chiaruttini belted a two-run triple to right and came home with the tying run when Kris Creek reached on another error.

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Kesecker started the bottom of the seventh by reaching on an error. Holli Pyles beat out an infield single and went to second on a throwing error, while courtesy runner Kailee Jenkins took third.

Ashley Creek loaded the bases with an infield single before Demory reached on an infield error that brought home Jenkins with the winning run.

"We hit the ball and we ran the bases well," Jefferson coach Leslie Simpson said. "We played good defense for the first five innings and then the errors got us."

Angie Gray drove in three runs for Jefferson.

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