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Hawks capitalize on costly errors, beat Indians handily 7-0

The Armwood softball team took advantage of East Bay's fifth and sixth errors of the contest and recorded a 7-0 win Saturday, improving its record to 6-3 overall. The Indians dropped to 3-4.

Both teams entered the game with young inexperienced players. Angie Connell of East Bay and Alicia Scuggs of Armwood were the only seniors in the game.

Hawks junior pitcher Chrissy Wynn earned the win, extending her record to 4-1 for the season. She didn't have blistering speed, but she moved the ball well and kept it low allowing her defense to back her up.

East Bay freshman pitcher Staci Miltner also moved the ball around, but the Indians six errors allowed seven unearned runs.

"Staci is still just a freshman and she is getting better," Indian coach Michelle LaMont said. "We just needed a few more good pitches here and there.

"Although it didn't show on the scoreboard, this team showed improvement in this game. We started six 14-year-olds, so we are very young. Angie showed a lot of her usual senior leadership today. She did a great job behind the plate and at the plate."

Connell, the Indians' catcher, made five throwouts from behind the plate and she hit 2-for-4.

Armwood's Sarah White started the five-run fifth with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error. She also received a free trip to first in her second trip to the plate in the same inning, forcing in a run.

Julie Asbell and Courtney Copeland recorded singles for only Hawks hits of the fifth inning.

Renee Lewis, Linette Capitano, Asbell, Copeland and White each scored runs.

In the sixth inning, the Hawks took advantage of three more Indian errors to add two runs.

Although Armwood had no hits in the sixth, Amy McArthur and Copeland added the runs with some alert baserunning.

"Our girls played good today," Armwood coach Bruce Burnham said. "They made no game errors and only one mental mistake. This is one of the best defensive teams we have had.

"They are young, love to play and really want to win. If they continue to stay together, this could be a very good season. The best part about them is they are still improving."