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Railroaders chug past Gaels

April 09, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Senior first baseman Amber Hemp ripped a bases-loaded triple to highlight a six-run rally in the top of the seventh inning to lift Brunswick to an 8-3 softball win over St. Maria Goretti.

The late-inning rally allowed the Railroaders to remain undefeated through five games.

Brunswick trailed 3-2 heading into the final inning.

Mandy Kaler led off Brunswick's seventh with a double to right before scoring the tying run on a pair of wild pitches. Kristen Minch extended the rally by reaching on a throwing error and Heather Termohlen singled to left.

One out later, Amber MacIntosh walked to load the bases.

It set the stage for Hemp's smash to center to break the tie. Hemp's hit cleared the bases as she scored on an errant relay throw from the outfield.

Carly Epley doubled to right, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on Lucy Shankle's sacrifice fly to center to end the scoring.

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"We are very proud," Hemp said. "We kept it together as a team and did what we needed to do. I think that we have a lot of potential to go very far this season. We have a lot of talent and we work really well together."

Brunswick opened its scoring with two runs in the fourth.

Epley led off with a triple to left and scored one out later when Nikki Welch reached on a two-base throwing error. Welch tagged up and went to third on a fly out in foul territory before scoring on a wild pitch.

Kaler, Brunswick's starting pitcher, allowed one earned run in four innings. Hillary Remsberg came on in relief to pitch the last three innings and gave up only one hit, while retiring nine of the 10 batters she faced to get the win and improve her record to 3-0.

"It was excellent run production for us in the last inning," Brunswick coach Chris Shullenbarger said. "I'm glad that we were able to keep it going, instead of just getting a few runs ahead."

St. Maria Goretti pitcher Elena Prieston struck out eight batters in seven innings. Prieston allowed one earned run and two hits in six innings.

"I thought that we played a good game," St. Maria Goretti coach Sandi Michaels said. "I think that our pitcher, Elena Prieston, did a wonderful job. It was that one big three-run triple by Amber Hemp that turned it around."

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