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Softball: East Lake bats mean business

SEMINOLE — East Lake has typically performed poorly when playing on the road at Seminole, according to Eagles coach Mike Estes.

Friday, the Eagles exercised those demons and then some, winning convincingly over the Warhawks 11-2.

"We don't hit well here," Estes said. "This is the best we've hit here in a few years."

East Lake (12-4) pounded out 11 hits, including doubles by Kelsey Oonk and Amanda Weaver. The Eagles got contributions up and down the lineup. Only two batters failed to record a hit.

"This has been long overdue," Estes said. "We've worked so hard at practice. … Hopefully, we can just carry that through the next few games."

East Lake scored right away off starter Emily Crawford (2-1) after Alyssa Weaver and Hayley Davis singled to lead off the game and Kirsten Bembnowski walked to load the bases. A batter later, Oonk drove a pitch up the middle for a two-run double. Abby Hess followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Eagles up 3-0.

"You can't give up three runs in the first inning to a team of their caliber and try to stay in the ball game," Seminole coach Mark Deruzzo said.

The Warhawks (8-6) got a run back in the bottom of the first when Sarah Read singled to centerfield to score Amanda Nette. Seminole scratched together 11 hits off Davis, East Lake's starting pitcher, but stranded 11. Davis (8-3) battled with runners in scoring position all night and kept the Warhawks from igniting for a big inning.

East Lake added two runs in the third. Bembnowski made it 6-2 with an RBI single in the fourth, and then the Eagles blew the game open in the fifth, scoring four runs for a 10-2 lead. Amanda Weaver had the inning's big hit after stroking a double to score two runs.

In the sixth, with two runners on for Seminole and two outs, East Lake leftfielder Alicia Welsh ranged far to her left to make a full extension, diving catch near the wall to rob Crawford of an extra-base hit and two RBIs.

"We didn't have a big enough lead, you never know," Estes said. "That scores two runs there if she doesn't make that catch. Then they might get right back in being the home team at their home field."

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Softball: East Lake bats mean business 03/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 20, 2009 11:55pm]
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