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Indians sweep softball twinbill at Hancock

May 11, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- The Hancock Panthers were looking to gain some momentum for the playoffs when they hosted Southern Fulton on Monday.

Instead, the Indians broke out the brooms and swept Hancock in a doubleheader 14-1 and 11-3.

Southern Fulton needed only five innings to get past Hancock (9-9) in Game 1, winning 14-1. Game 2 was closer, but the Indians still prevailed 11-3.

Southern Fulton sophomore Kelsey White pitched both games for the Indians (5-11) and maintained her command from her first pitch to her last.

"We only have a couple of pitchers," said Southern Fulton coach Stacy Smith. "Kelsey was pitching well, but we had a backup in case of emergency."

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White was practically flawless in the opening game, scattering three hits and allowing only one unearned run. She also struck out 11.

The game was scoreless through two innings, but the Indians opened the floodgates in the third. Southern Fulton needed only three hits -- including a two-run single by White -- to score five runs in the frame.

The Panthers (9-9) beat themselves in the fourth as three of Southern Fulton's four runs scored off Hancock errors. The fourth run scored on a Carissa Gordon single.

Southern Fulton added five more runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run bloop single by freshman Taelor Morton.

The lone Hancock run came in the fifth inning off a Southern Fulton throwing error.

"We just made too many mistakes," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "Left way too many runners on base."

Southern Fulton took an early lead in Game 2. In the second inning, the Indians took advantage of a couple of Hancock errors before a two-run single by White and a two-run double from Morton gave them a 6-0 lead.

Southern Fulton added a run in the third and one more in the fourth before Hancock's Tiffany Younker drove a run in with an RBI single.

A 9-1 lead for the Indians entering the seventh was increased to 11-1 as White and Morton connected on back-to-back base hits.

Micky Castle's two-out, two-run single for Hancock in the seventh capped the scoring.

"We didn't seem focused today; our heads weren't in it," Wills said. "We have three days (until the playoffs) to get better."

Southern Fulton 14-11, Hancock 1-3
Game 1
Hancock 000 01 -- 1 3 2
S. Fulton 005 45 -- 14 10 1

Younker and Long. White and Leasure. WP -- White. LP -- Younker
Game 2
Hancock 000 100 2 -- 3 11 2
S. Fulton 061 110 2 -- 11 13 1

Harvey and Martin. White and Leasure. WP -- White. LP -- Harvey.

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