The Times West Virginian

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May 15, 2009

Flying high

East tops Bears, 7-0, in regional semifinal

RIVESVILLE — When the chips were down for East Fairmont’s softball team the Bees came through with flying colors.

Madonna Gribble homered and drove in three runs and Nikki Nuzum kept the Polar Bears off balance on the mound as the Bees defeated Fairmont Senior Thursday in the Class AAA, Region I semifinal.

“It feels good to beat a good team like Fairmont Senior,” East Fairmont head coach Chuck Fluharty said. “They are a class act, well-coached and had a great season. It feels really good to get a win over a team like that in a situation like this.”

The game was scoreless until East pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the second.

With two outs, Kaylee Murphy and Karissa Baker drew walks. A passed ball moved the runners up to second and third and a single by Taylor Wright brought home both runs. Gribble then followed with a double to deep right to score another run to stake East to a 3-0 lead, which was all Nuzum needed.

She kept the Bears off balance with a mixture of pitches in earning the seven-inning shutout victory.

“Nikki did a real nice job,” Fluharty said. “I always say it’s all about pitching and defense, and here at East Fairmont that’s what we try to live by. And today it showed. We were excellent in both today.”

The Polar Bears were not baffled by Nuzum and put the ball in play several times. But each ball either went right to a Bee player or East came up with the play to keep the Polar Bears scoreless.

“We did hit the ball, but at people,” Fairmont Senior head coach Ken Beerbower said. “East stepped up at the right time. They had some turmoil, but came together when they needed to.”

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