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Softball: Sunlake leaves no room for error in 3-0 win

Sunlake’s Samantha Dittman, left, gets Wiregrass Ranch’s Regan Knapik at second, then completes the double play.


Sunlake’s Samantha Dittman, left, gets Wiregrass Ranch’s Regan Knapik at second, then completes the double play.

LAND O'LAKES — Miscues hurt Sunlake in its first go-round versus the Bulls earlier in the year, an 8-2 loss at Wiregrass Ranch on Feb. 17.

The Seahawks (12-4) made sure they would not make the same mistakes this time as they defeated Wiregrass Ranch (8-6) 3-0 Tuesday night.

"We made a lot of fielding mistakes in that first game and we hit the ball the way we did tonight — right at them," Sunlake coach Johnny Dawkins said.

"Our kids hung in there and I am real proud of them."

Meghan Durbin finished the night with a complete game on 80 pitches, striking out four and walking one, improving her record to 12-4 on the season.

"She has the heart of a lion," Dawkins said of Durbin. "I don't have to say too much to her because I know what she is thinking and that was her first shutout tonight and I hope that is the first of many."

Both teams struggled to find a scoring niche until the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior Karra Fischer started off the inning with a single to center then Shelley Stohler's sacrifice bunt moved Fischer to second. Amanda Solar singled to center, right through second baseman Hana Toneff's legs to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead.

The Bulls' best scoring chance came in the top of the first when they loaded the bases with only one out, but were unable to cash in as the last two batters of the inning struck out to end the threat.

"We just did not hit the ball and tonight just did not work out for us," Wiregrass Ranch coach Amy Lipovetsky said.

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