Pitching carries Newsome until bats heat up

PLANT CITY — Newsome took care of Durant 5-0 Tuesday in a game that featured a stellar pitching performance by the Wolves' Bailey Schinella.

Schinella surrendered only two hits and used a great changeup to strike out 15 Cougars, earning a complete-game shutout.

"I was feeling very comfortable on the mound tonight, and I was able to relax even more after we put a couple runs on the board," Schinella said. "I went out there and stayed focused. I did a good job of spinning my pitches and hitting my spots."

Newsome's offense sputtered early; the team did not register a hit until the fourth inning. In the fourth, Jenn Owens started the rally with a leadoff single, which was followed by Nicollette Levine's two-run home run two batters later.

"I was going up there trying not to strike out again and put in a good at-bat," Levine said. "She threw me a low and inside pitch and I was able to get a hold of it."

Newsome scored again in the sixth inning and added two insurance runs in the seventh. Brittany Olsen was 1-for-2 with an RBI single.

Lauren Wolfe pitched for Durant, allowing five earned runs while striking out 11.

"All we needed tonight was a pitcher, catcher and a first baseman," Newsome coach Dawn Vanella said. "Bailey pitched an amazing game. We still need to tighten up a bit, work on things like sacrifices and hit and runs."

Pitching carries Newsome until bats heat up 03/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:50am]

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