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Chiefs pitcher gains steam

RIVERVIEW — Facing its best opposing pitcher to date, the powerful Chamberlain offense was, for the most part, silenced Tuesday night. But thanks to the efforts of Chiefs hurler Alexandra Hartshorn, who tossed a four-hitter, it didn't matter as the Chiefs eked out a 1-0 win over Riverview in nine innings.

"She," Chamberlain coach Bobby Diez said, "was on."

Hartshorn (7-0) pitched well from the start and seemed to get better in the later innings. In fact, the Sharks (8-4) didn't get a hit after the sixth, when they had first and second with one out but couldn't convert.

"She pitched (Monday night in a 5-4 win over Plant) but wasn't that sharp," Diez said. "She threw a lot of pitches. Tonight, she was good with her pitches. She got ahead in the count a lot."

Chamberlain first baseman Stephanie Medina brought home what proved to be the winning run with a one-out single to centerfield in the ninth, scoring shortstop Samantha Holle, who reached base earlier on an infield single. Medina had two of the Chiefs' six hits against Sharks pitcher Ashley McClain, who matched Hartshorn pitch for pitch most of the game.

"When you get opportunities you have to take advantage of them," Riverview coach Angela Slater said. "We didn't have many, but we had a few."

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Chiefs pitcher gains steam 03/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 11:40pm]
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