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Countryside softball wins third straight PCAC crown

CLEARWATER — Something about the PCAC championship game brings out the best in Countryside pitcher Alyssa Bache.

Of course, the same could be said for nearly every other game Bache pitches in, considering the sophomore entered Friday's game with a 17-6 record and 0.54 ERA.

Bache struck out 14 Seminole batters — one off her season high strikeout total for seven innings — and allowed only three hits to shut out the Warhawks 6-0 and lead Countryside to its third straight PCAC title.

A year ago as a freshman, Bache came on as a reliever and pitched the final 51/3 innings in the Cougars' extra-innings win over Seminole.

In two PCAC appearances, Bache is 2-0 with one run allowed in 121/3 innings.

"I get up for every game. I just don't go into it thinking, 'Oh my gosh, this is PCAC,' " Bache said. "I go into it thinking 'this is just a regular game, go inning by inning, pitch by pitch.' That's how I always play my game."

Bache (18-6) started her afternoon by striking out the game's first two batters. She fanned the side in the third, fifth and sixth innings.

"I was taking advantage of the outside corner," Bache said. "If I hit that, I'm pretty solid."

Countryside (18-6) scored a run in the first after Devika Choo Chew singled home Ayanna Andrews, who drew a walk to lead off the inning and stole second.

Dineen Vaughan doubled to start the second for the Cougars and scored on Ashleigh Bynum's single to leftfield.

"We didn't have any errors. We put the bat on the ball," said Vaughan, who went 3-for-3. "Everyone's been working on what they need to work on, and we've been hitting."

Countryside extended the lead in the third after back-to-back doubles from Choo Chew and Bache. Vaughan singled home Bache for a 4-0 lead.

The Cougars put the game out of reach in the sixth after Vaughan, Paige Oxendine and Bynum singled to start the inning. Oxendine and Kristin Hubbard (running for Bynum) later scored.

Seminole (11-10) threatened in the fourth after Jennifer LaBau and Sarah Read hit consecutive singles with one out for two of the Warhawks' three hits. Bache, though, coaxed two groundouts to get out of the jam without allowing a run.

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Jesuit 6, SPC 2: Nationally ranked No. 1 Jesuit (22-0) escaped St. Petersburg Catholic (13-10) in the title game of the second annual Jesuit Easter Baseball Tournament in Tampa. The Tigers' Daniel Gibson had to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.

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