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Class 5ASoftball region quarterfinals

Land O'Lakes can't overcome early struggles

LITHIA — Newsome pitcher Ashley Stubbs wasn't at her best, but fortunately for the Wolves, her teammates were.

Newsome had 11 hits and Stubbs pitched her way out of a seventh-inning jam as Newsome advanced to Friday's region semifinal with a 10-6 win over Land O' Lakes on Tuesday night.

"My team totally had my back tonight," Stubbs said. "This win was all them."

The Wolves posted eight runs in the second, turning a one-run deficit into a 9-2 lead.

"We've really been stressing and pushing them toward the end of the season not to crack under the pressure," Newsome coach Jessi Kowal said. "… We didn't want them hitting the panic button; we want them to hit the easy button."

Jessica Austin's RBI single in the first put the Gators up 2-0 before Newsome's Nicollette Levine drove in a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.

Then came the second.

The Wolves got seven hits in the second, sent 12 batters to the plate and scored the eight runs with two outs.

Land O' Lakes (18-4) wouldn't go quietly in the seventh. Stubbs (13-6) gave up a hit, then walked a pair before hitting a batter to make it 10-5. Kasey Ellis then drew a bases loaded walk, but Stubbs got Loren Smith — the tying run — to fly out to end it.

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