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Robinson's solid pitching secures a little payback against Steinbrenner

LUTZ — Upstart Steinbrenner surprised Robinson with an 8-1 win in the first game between Class 4A, District 9 rivals.

Wednesday, Robinson coach Ed Gallio said his team knew what to expect.

The visiting Knights won the rematch 3-1 to make the district race a bit tighter.

"We didn't know them the first time around," Gallio said. "We came in knowing what to expect."

Much like the first game when Jaclyn Amato had 13 strikeouts and stymied the Robinson bats with a two-hitter, the Steinbrenner ace fanned 16 and limited the Knights (12-6, 7-3) to three hits. That third hit, however, resulted in the tiebreaking runs.

Shortstop Alexis Jackson, who had Robinson's only hits, snapped a tie at 1 with a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning. That hit scored winning pitcher Sarah Miller, who walked, and Bonnie Touchton, who reached on an infield error.

"She's peaking at the right time," Gallio said of Jackson.

Miller (10-5) allowed an unearned run in the fourth but worked out of two jams, including a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the second.

"My pitcher threw her heart out tonight," Gallio said.

Steinbrenner (12-4, 8-3) scored the first run in the bottom of the fourth. Megin Eskew doubled, ran to third on a passed ball and continued home on errant throw by catcher Sabrina Ciuzio.

Robinson tied it in the top of the fifth. Jackson led off with a single, moved up on an infield error and came around on back-to-back wild pitches.

Robinson's solid pitching secures a little payback against Steinbrenner 04/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 12:26am]

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