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Paterson lifts Bulls to 5-1 win

Bloomingdale's Missy Paterson continued to mystify opposing batters Tuesday by shuting down the normally powerful Chamberlain hitters with a two-hit 5-1 victory.

Both teams entered the contest undefeated, but the defending state champion Bulls came out 6-0 and Chamberlain dropped to 5-1.

Paterson fanned 10 of the Chiefs batters and the one run was off the only Bulls error of the game. She also went 2 for 3 at the plate and extended her pitching record to 4-0.

Bloomingdale, which had been struggling at the plate, had 11 hits off two Chamberlain pitchers, Jamie Perez (2-1) and Amanda Redfern.

"Missy pitched another brilliant game of putting the ball across the plate and keeping them off balance throughout the game." Bulls coach Mike Claman said. "But the whole team was hitting the ball good today and that just gave them more confidence on defense."

Heather Biggs and Amanda Dittebrand lead the hitting barrage for the Bulls each going 3 for 4 at the plate. Biggs scored the first run and Dittebrand recorded the first two RBI.

Laine Walters hit a triple for the Bulls and Dittebrand a double.

Chamberlain coach Bob Diaz was concerned about his offensive play in the game.

"We just couldn't hit the ball today and were unable to score with base runners in scoring position," Diaz said. "I think we were a little uptight. But the season is still young and we will be ready for our next game."

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