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Tue. April 19, 2011 | Derek J. LaRiviere

SPRING HILL — Springstead’s game to advance to the Class 5A, District 7 final and clinch a berth in the state playoffs wasn’t the prettiest victory the team had this season, but the Eagles continue to win games at the best clip in program history.

Playing rival Central in the district semifinals Tuesday, Springstead won on its homefield 10-2 thanks to a four-run first inning.

“I think we came out and engaged them well,” Springstead coach Craig Swartout said, “but we’ve had a problem with shutting it down early. We’re a young team, and it’s time to work that out.”

Alexis Adams, who has started every game this season, took the reins from there. She tossed a complete game, surrendering only two earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five.

Central (6-18) didn’t score until the team was already pinned behind a 5-0 deficit in the third inning. The run was aided by a fielding error by shortstop Brittany Martinez, the lone miscue for the Eagles (20-2). After leading off with a single, Mari Goodwin moved to second on the error. She later scored on an RBI groundout by Sam Berberette.

“This isn’t the same Central team we faced earlier this season,” Swartout said. “(Central coach) Tyson (Ellis) has done a great job with them. We’re starting to learn that teams aren’t going to just roll over for us just because we’ve won so many games.”

In the end, Springstead’s offensive fireworks proved too much.

Adams reached base all four times she was up, going 2-for-4 with two fielder’s choices, a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

Shannon Cataldo was also a major star at the plate for the Eagles (2-for-3, two doubles, a walk, two RBIs, two runs scored).

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