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Two-run homer lifts Chiefs past Cowboys

TAMPA — The more Chamberlain sophomore Bianka Bell fidgeted in the batter's box, the more Bob Diez did the same in the third base coach's box.

By the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against Gaither, the veteran Chiefs coach had seen enough frivolous footwork. Two pitches into Bell's at-bat, with one out, a runner on second and the score tied, Diez called time and told Bell in searing, certain terms to be still.

Two pitches later, the rangy shortstop was moving her feet again — around the basepaths.

Bell's two-run home run to right-center proved to be the winning blast in Chamberlain's 4-1 triumph, giving the Chiefs (11-2, 6-0) a regular-season sweep of their Class 5A, District 9 rival. Chamberlain, coming off a 3-0 win against Plant the night before, has won 11 in a row.

"She did the same thing (at Plant) and she just won't let the ball reach her," Diez said of Bell, who has homered in both meetings against Gaither (12-6, 4-4). "When she does, she can hit the ball as hard as anybody I've ever had. That's all we talked about, don't move your feet."

Bell's shot highlighted an otherwise lackluster — if not opportunistic — night for the Chiefs, who watched three innings end with either a runner stranded or thrown out at third.

Meantime, the Cowboys were aggressive against Chiefs freshman pitcher Amber Fullwood. Eight of Gaither's batters made contact on the first pitch they saw including senior Kristen McGrath, who sent Fullwood's first pitch of the game over the centerfield fence for her fifth homer.

But the Cowboys tormented themselves with mistakes.

A two-base infield error in the third scored Bell — who had singled and stolen second — to tie the score at 1. Bell's homer came when pitcher Megan McGrath, masterful in an eight-inning win Saturday against East Bay, hung what was supposed to be an outside drop ball a tad too much over the zone.

Chamberlain scored its final run in the sixth when Lindsey Hagberg doubled and scored on Jennie Cook's single.

"The only run they should've scored was that last one right there that they really earned," Gaither coach Al Alcala said. "Those other three they didn't earn."

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