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Bulls shut out Eagles for 3-0 victory

Natalie Deckert struck out 14 batters Saturday to lead Bloomingdale in a 3-0 victory over Brandon. The shutout was Deckert's third this week as the junior extended her record to 7-0 and Bloomingdale improved to 8-1.

Deckert shut out Gaither 3-0 on Friday, Leto 2-0 on Tuesday and fanned 40 batters for the three games.

"Anytime we play Brandon it is a tough game, but Natalie came through for us with great control on the mound for the third time this week," Bulls coach Mike Clamon said. "Jackie Speers started for us today for only the third time this season and she did great at the plate. She is 7-for-9 this week with four RBI."

Speers was the primary thrust of the Bulls' offense against the Eagles, before being taken out in the bottom of the sixth inning. She was 3-for-3 and had two RBI.

Deckert scored the Bulls' first run on an RBI single by Dori Carson for a 1-0 lead.

"We are continuing to improve defensively, but we are going to have to start hitting in order to win some ballgames," Brandon coach Angela Slater said. "In the past, we have made turnarounds during tournament time. We have two coming up in the next two weeks, but we still have to start hitting."

Sophomore Adrian Trainor led the Eagles with two of Brandon's three hits.