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April 19, 2014

North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament

RACHEL — A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.

Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.

“We come out and think that every game is a big one and that we have to push hard every single inning,” said Latocha, who struck out three to stretch her no-hit streak to seven innings. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs.

“We don’t take anybody lightly,” she said. “Everybody is on the same playing ground as us.”

The Huskies sent 21 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and racked up 17 runs. King tripled, singled and walked in the opening frame and scored three of the 17 runs.

“I’m the leadoff hitter, so it’s really not my job to be hitting home runs or that kind of thing. I’m there to get on base and let people hit me in,” she said. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to hit other people in.”

Morgan Clyde and Rachel Wiley had two hits and Taylor Wells doubled in the victory. Paige Efaw, Amanda Sigley, Chey Steen and Sam Pollock also added hits to help the Huskies tack on three more runs in the second inning.

CLAY-BATTELLE 13,

FAIRMONT SENIOR 12

The Fairmont Senior Polar Bears thought they had it, their first win in nearly two seasons.

They had rallied from a 3-run deficit after the umpire announced that the sixth inning would be the final one because of a time limit. They rebounded with 11 hits after being no-hit in back-to-back games leading up to the one against Clay-Battelle. They had the bases loaded.

But ultimately, Fairmont Senior fell a hit short of winning the game in walk-off fashion. Then in the extra seventh inning, Clay-Battelle singled in a run to win, 13-12, at North Marion’s Diamond Dawg Tournament.

“We had our chances and we didn’t take advantage of all of our opportunities. But I think it’s a good learning experience,” said Fairmont Senior coach Josh Leep. “They see that they can actually be in a game and maybe win one.”

Fairmont Senior’s starting pitcher Brooklyn Nuzum struck out two batters in seven innings, doubled and drove in three runs. She agreed with her coach’s assessment.

“I thought we still played great. As a younger team, I expect us to lose some,” she said. “But today I really saw our confidence level go up.”

In a back-and-forth game, Clay-Battelle took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. But Fairmont Senior responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Clay-Battelle reclaimed the lead with four runs in the top of the second. But again, Fairmont Senior responded with six runs runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-6 lead.

But Clay-Battelle plated three in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-9 lead and set up the nail-biting final innings.

Jordan Birdsell recorded three hits. Cheyenne Phillips and Alexis Richardson had two. Becca Glover doubled. And Lexie Seremetis and Ali Shaver added hits.

“We're going to try to build on it,” said Leep. “The biggest thing is confidence. To get in here and almost pull one out, that does great things for confidence.

“We’ve got good things ahead of us.”

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