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5A-8 softball: Sophomore ace helps Newsome to title

LITHIA — After throwing a complete-game shutout in Wednesday's Class 5A-8 semifinal, Bloomingdale pitcher Kaylyn Comacho looked to repeat her performance in Thursday's title game against neighboring foe Newsome.

Instead, Comacho and the Bulls fell 3-0. Thursday night was Newsome sophomore Bailey Schinella's time to shine.

Schinella threw seven shutout innings while striking out seven, leading the Wolves to their third consecutive district title.

"I wasn't throwing too well in the beginning of the game," Schinella said. "But my defense helped me out. (My teammates) picked each other up."

After three scoreless innings that rendered the game a defensive duel, Bloomingdale looked to cash in big in the top of the fourth inning. After Newsome retired the first batter, the Bulls got their chance following a fielding error and two consecutive singles.

Bloomingdale loaded the bases with the bottom of their order looking to break the scoreless deadlock, but Schinella forced Kelsey Rodriguez to fly out before striking out Hallie West to get out of the jam and preserve the tie.

But not for long. Newsome exploded for the only insurance it would need in the bottom of the fifth inning. Laura Lovell slapped a blooper into shallow leftfield, scoring pinch runner Stefone Nelson who took over on the bases after a single by Meaghan Schultz to open the inning.

Sophomore Jennifer Owens added a two-RBI triple that cleared the bases and gave Schinella enough cushion to close out the win.

"Bloomingdale has always been a big rival for us. They're a very good team and it's hard to beat a good team three times," Newsome coach Dawn Vanella said. "But Bailey Schinella is an amazing pitcher. She's been very good for us all season long, so I expected no less from her."

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5A-8 softball: Sophomore ace helps Newsome to title 04/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 12:08am]
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