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Thu. April 26, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

Rachel Dwyer pitched a two-hitter, Madison Gonzalez had two hits and Bianka Bell sealed the victory with her eighth home run as Chamberlain beat Seminole 3-0 in a Class 7A region quarterfinal.

After losing their final three games of the regular season, Chamberlain has won three straight, with Dwyer allowing only three runs.

“We’re playing pretty well,” coach Bobby Diez said. “Pitching and defense. We like to throw ground balls and make plays, and we’ve scored enough so I’m pretty pleased with how we’re swinging the bats.”

Seniors Ellen Scott and Jennie Cook had RBIs in the third and fourth innings to stake the Chiefs (23-7) to a lead. Bell hit her homer, a soaring shot to rightfield, in the sixth inning.

Diez said he was impressed with Seminole, which kept the game close with a number of excellent defensive plays to rob the Chiefs of a breakout inning. But Dwyer never let the Warhawks offense get going.

5A: Bogie D frustrates Robinson

TAMPA — Mallory Allen could breathe after all. And Boca Ciega’s defense was able to take the life out of Robinson.

Boca Ciega played nearly flawless on defense, and Allen threw a gritty 10-hit shutout as the Pirates (13-6) defeated Robinson 2-0 Wednesday night in a Class 5A region quarterfinal.

Robinson (13-13) stranded 11 base runners, six in scoring position. Allen (12-6) threw 103 pitches, 76 for strikes, and sparked the Pirates’ two-run sixth against loser Sarah Miller (8-4).

“The key was to breathe, in and out,” said Allen, a senior. “I was shaking. Sure, you feel the pressure, but you’ve got to get out of (trouble). Our defense made a lot of plays that normally don’t happen. We just stepped it up.”

Allen struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. She had only one perfect inning as Robinson applied constant pressure. Boca Ciega’s defense prevented four Robinson hits with outstanding plays in the final four innings. And leftfielder Kaylyn Munroe’s hustle on a double by Alexis Jackson (three hits) made courtesy runner Kari Trautvetter stop at third, keeping the game scoreless in the fifth.

In the sixth, Allen walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single by Brittany Price. Kristin Stuber added an RBI single.

Robinson coach Ed Gallio said it was a frustrating loss. “We just could not get the timely hit,” he said. “Six inches here  …6 inches there. But that’s what this game is about. I told my team if we can keep (Boca Ciega) under two (runs), we should win the ball game. They played solid defense.”

5A: Lennard puts up a fight

DUNEDIN — After jumping ahead 4-2, Dunedin watched its lead evaporate when Lennard scored two runs in the fifth inning to tie the score.

Suddenly the Falcons’ first postseason win in 21 years was in jeopardy. With one swing, Tiona Hill made it all better. Hill hit a three-run double with two outs to help the Falcons (17-7) retake the lead. This time, the defense held on for a 7-5 victory in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.

Wednesday’s game started with Dunedin jumping out to a 3-0 lead. But the Longhorns would not go away. They scored twice in the third inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. After Dunedin scored once in the third inning, Lennard responded by scoring twice in the fifth to tie.

“This was a sloppy game by us,” Falcons coach Roy Silver said. “Lennard is a scrappy team. They have a lot of good hitters. There were a couple of things that could have cost us the game. But we came through. A win is a win.”

Lennard’s Ashley St. John, who was 3-for-4, led off the seventh inning with a single. She advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error to make it 7-5. But Dunedin pitcher Aubrey Ehlers ended the threat by retiring the final three batters.

7A: Countryside KOs Steinbrenner  

CLEARWATER — After some hiccups early hiccups Wednesday, Countryside’s defense turned in two key plays in a 5-1 victory over Steinbrenner in the Class 7A region quarterfinals.

In the first inning, Countryside (23-5) went ahead 3-0 with the big hit coming on a two-run triple by Kelsie Sanchez. The Cougars added a run in the second on an RBI single by Hailee Keisling. Ahead 4-0, Countryside committed two errors, allowing one run to score in the third inning. The Cougars got of the jam by turning a double play on a groundout to first and throwing a runner out at second.

In the fourth, Steinbrenner threatened to score again. But pitcher Alyssa Queen alertly threw home on a relay and Keisling applied the tag for the final out. Steinbrenner had just one hit after that.

7A, RIVERVIEW 7, JENKINS 6: Taylor McCoy hit her first home run since February, then added another as Riverview won its season-high sixth straight game, beating Lakeland George Jenkins 7-6.

It wasn’t pretty, said coach Angie Slater, but McCoy’s five RBIs off her two homers was a beautiful sight for a team that couldn’t pull away.

“We scored two runs, they scored three, we scored three, they scored three …it was back and forth all night,” the coach said.

McCoy’s three-run homer put the Sharks (16-14) ahead 5-4, but freshman Cheyenne Horne singled in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Emily Gaitan finished off her complete game with a scoreless seventh inning.

7A, BARTOW 4, PLANT CITY 0: The Yellow Jackets were too much for Plant City (17-6) as last year’s state runners-up ended the Raiders’ season for the second straight year.

“We weren’t as disciplined at the plate like we usually are,” coach Heidi Kouveras said. “We went after a lot of rise balls.”

Staff writer Bob Putnam and correspondent Don Jensen contributed to this report.

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