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4A softball: Mitchell moves on to region final for first time

TRINITY — Mitchell had reached the region semifinals twice before (2003 and '06) Friday, but never advanced any farther.

Third time is the charm.

The Mustangs used a huge sixth inning, with five runs crossing the plate off six hits, combined with another solid performance from pitcher Cortney Radke to get by Zephyrhills 7-1 Friday night in a 4A region semifinal .

"What a hitting clinic," Mitchell coach Scott Bisbe said of the bottom of the sixth. "Not just fluke hits, but they were shots. We finally put an inning together against a quality team."

Mitchell's Heather Muccino led the charge in the bottom of the first after she doubled in Lydia Kinney to give the Mustangs (22-3) a 1-0 lead.

Muccino scored later in the inning, and Zephyrhills finally answered in the top of the fifth with a home run from third baseman Lacey Cook off Radke (10 strikeouts) to cut the lead to one.

Then came the sixth inning.

Kinney led off with a single and Muccino landed a triple to rightfield off Lauren Pasquale (five strikeouts) to begin the five-run inning that doomed the Bulldogs.

"I don't know how good (the next opponent) is going to be, but they are going to earn a win to beat this girl (Radke)," Zephyrhills coach Craig Milburn said.

. Up next

Region finals

Games Tuesday at 7 unless noted

4A: Mitchell at Dunnellon

A: Hernando Chr. at Ormond Beach Calvary Chr.

4A softball: Mitchell moves on to region final for first time 04/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 11:15pm]
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