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Softball: Panthers gain district edge with win over Bloomingdale

VALRICO — Plant scored the only runs of Tuesday night's game in the fourth inning en route to a 2-0 win over Class 6A, District 8 rival Bloomingdale.

The victory gave the Panthers a season sweep of the host Bulls (11-9, 4-2) and snapped a tie atop the district.

"It means a lot, not just because it's Bloomingdale," Plant coach Melissa Sigmon said. "We control our own destiny at this point.

"Obviously, your confidence is good. It's better than going in (to the district tournament) 0-2 (against Bloomingdale), but it's tough to beat somebody three times. The more you see them the harder it gets."

Plant (9-6, 6-1) got two hits in the top of the fourth to start the game's only rally. Kaitlyn Steckel singled and scored on Victoria Romaine's double to deep center that got centerfielder Darby Bernaldo twisting to recover after turning the wrong way. Rachel DiBenedetto, pinch running for Romaine, then scored on an infield error.

"That was a shot," Sigmon said of Romaine's hit. "It was a tough play."

Plant pitcher Miranda Clark scattered five hits, striking out nine and working out of jams in the second and fifth.

"Miranda's doing a good job," Sigmon said. "She's coming into her own."

Bloomingdale's best chance to score came in the second when McKenzie Carter and Abbey Hensley led off with back-to-back singles. But Clark fanned the next two batters and Savanna Aversa popped up to shortstop.

Softball: Panthers gain district edge with win over Bloomingdale 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:39pm]
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