Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Softball: PCAC final, Osceola 4, Dunedin 1

DUNEDIN -— When Dunedin traveled to Osceola last Tuesday and left with a 10-0 victory, Warriors coach Jerry King wasn't too concerned. He had a bigger goal in mind.

"We had a game plan not to show them anything," King said of his team's preparation for Friday's rematch for the PCAC title. "We didn't bunt, we used our second and third pitchers … then we pulled out every trick in the book (Friday)."

The two biggest surprises Osceola sprung on the Falcons were freshman pitcher Megan Weisenberg and an air-tight defense, making the difference in a 4-1 victory.

Weisenberg kept a powerful Dunedin lineup subdued, yielding just four hits and a walk while striking out three.

"I learned a lot on how their hitters hit on Tuesday," Weisenberg said. "When they're trying to kill the ball, not just get on base, it's harder to hit big shots on pitches low and outside."

Apart from Abbie Sexton's solo home run in the fourth inning, the Falcons didn't get a runner into scoring position.

Osceola, after having allowed 38 unearned runs this year, has improved lately on defense. Centerfielder Hannah Ciatto challenged the fence for a brilliant sixth-inning catch and ended the game on a double play.

"Six of our first seven losses were on mistakes by us," King said. "With only four returning starters, we had to build chemistry. In every big game in the second half, we came through."

Osceola's offense was helped by five Falcon errors, but Maria Kappos' authoritative two-run triple in the third inning ended up being the winning hit and Ciatto's hard single in the fifth provided key insurance.

"My plan on that at-bat was to hit the changeup," Ciatto said of her second single. "She threw it and I hit it."

Her plan, as did King's, resulted in a conference title.

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