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April 6, 2014

Huskies take two from Roane: PHOTOS

RACHEL — On a day when the seventh-seeded University of Connecticut Huskies shocked the basketball world with a Final Four victory, another set of Huskies also enjoyed some success of their own.

The “Dogs” from North Marion picked up a pair of victories Saturday over Roane County, 12-4 and 6-3.

“We’re 4-0 now. It gives us a lot of motivation to keep going,” said Taylor Wells, who hit her first home run since Little League.

The UConn Huskies started the game in an early hole, and so, too, did North Marion in game one. They committed a costly error and allowed two runs to go down, 2-0.

But the Huskies quickly responded. They got one back in the bottom half of the first when Chelsi Latocha doubled and scored. North Marion tacked on four more in the second inning to pull ahead, 5-2.

“Even though we’ve been down on the scoreboard, we’ve never been down in the dugout,” said North Marion coach Brad Harker of his team’s attitude.

After surrendering the two early runs, Latocha pitched five strong innings in the first game and seven more in the second game to pick up a pair of victories. In total she struck out 13 while improving her record to 4-0.

“I had to keep in perspective that Roane has good hitters,” said Latocha when asked about keeping her cool after the early deficit. “I had to make sure I mixed up my pitches and threw change-ups and drop balls to keep them off balance.”

At the plate, the Huskies found their rhythm as they went along, starting when Shasta Pyles blasted a home run to lead off the third inning.

“I wanted a fast ball straight down the middle,” said Pyles.

She got it.

No word from Wells on where she likes to be pitched. Wherever it is, she, too, got her pitch in a four-run fourth inning.

The hits kept rolling into the fifth before the game was shorted due to mercy rule. In total, eight of the nine North Marion starters recorded a hit in the first game.

Shelby King double twice; Latocha doubled and singled twice; Amanda Sigley singled and tripled; Pyles added a single to go along with her home run; Chey Steen had two hits; and Morgan Clyde and Rachel Wiley singled.

The momentum kept rolling in the second game. The Huskies put up two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning to roll to a 6-1 win.

Sigley led the way at the plate with three hits, including a double. Paige Efaw and Clyde also doubled. King and Latocha also tacked on hits.

North Marion will look to keep their perfect record intact this week during a couple of conference games, beginning Monday against Liberty.

“We got a big string of conference games coming up,” said Harker. “Every game matters, but the ones coming up have stars beside them. They’re a little more important.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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