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Crusaders, Lancers each advance to finals // SEMINOLE PRESBYTERIAN 10, LAUREL HILL 0

Published Jul. 6, 2006

Seminole Presbyterian made quick work of Laurel Hill Wednesday afternoon, eliminating them from the Class A tournament 10-0 in five innings in a 1-hour, 10-minute game.

Erin Hicks pitched a one-hitter for the Lancers, extending her record to 8-1 for the season.

The sophomore hurler also set the pace at the plate, going 3-for-3, with two runs and an RBI.

"With the team handing me a three-run lead in the first inning, I felt very comfortable in the game," Hicks said. "Our coaches did an excellent job scouting and I just pitched what they told me. Mostly, they said to keep the ball low and throw lots of curves. The team did the rest."

Freshman Laura Streeper also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3, including a double, three RBI and a run scored.

"We played as a team today, that is why we did so well," Streeper said. "I played here last year as an eighth-grader and like the rest of the team, I want to help finish some unfinished business. We are really pumped up as a team."

Freshman Soraya Reddick started the game off for the Lancers by reaching on an error.

Following an out, senior Melissa Tapia hit a ground-rule double to score Reddick home for a 1-0 lead.

Tracy Salgado followed with a double to score Tapia and Hicks brought Salgado in on a single for a 3-0 advantage.

Tracy Houston, who drove in a run with a double in the fifth, Hicks and Streeper all scored in the fourth to put Seminole Presbyterian out front 6-0.

The Lancers added four runs on four hits in the fifth to set up the 10-run lead mercy rule.

All they had to do was set the Hoboes down in order to win the game.

"It was our prayer that our girls could give God glory in their play today and they did," Seminole Presbyterian coach Frank Mabry said. "Melissa Tapia will pitch for us in the championship game. For four years she has carried the weight of this program on her shoulders, she is the only senior and she will be given her chance to win it for us."

Laurel Hill coach Tim Geohagen was happy to be in the tournament even though his team lost.

"We are a small community without even a stoplight in the town and this is the first time any softball team in our county has ever played in the state tournament," Geohagen said. "Seminole has a great team and our team has no seniors, so maybe we will return next year."