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Perfect Chamberlain wins 18-0 in 6A-5

While the King Lions shut out their opponents and the Leto Falcons rallied to win, it was the Chamberlain Chiefs who made the biggest splash in the Class 6A, District 5 tournament Wednesday at Gaither.

The Chiefs (20-8) erupted for 14 runs in the second inning and finished off Tampa Bay Tech 18-0 in 4{ innings. The game was shortened by the 10-run mercy rule. Chamberlain pitchers Alissa Leef (17-6) and Karla Webster combined for a perfect game.

"We had some hard hits, but they were thrown out at first every time," said TBT coach Michelle Carey, whose team finished 3-21.

Chamberlain should face tougher competition against Leto (13-10) in the semifinal tonight at 5. Leto erased a three-run deficit to defeat East Lake 6-5. Falcon pitcher Natisha Bailey (6-6) helped her cause by driving in the winning run with an infield hit during a four-run, sixth-inning rally.

"I was totally in the zone today," said Bailey, a senior. "I told myself and my teammates that this wasn't going to be the last game for Leto. We're not ready to leave."

King, led by freshman Niki Trowell, wasn't ready to depart either. Trowell (11-6) allowed two hits and struck out 10 batters to advance King into the semifinals with a 4-0 victory against Hillsborough (9-11).

The Lions (12-10) face Gaither at 7:30 tonight. The Cowboys earned a first-round bye.

6A-6: Bloomingdale, Brandon ousted

BRADENTON _ Sarasota Riverview started with a first-inning run, added five more in the third, then held on for a 6-5 win over Bloomingdale in semifinal action. The other Hillsborough County team, Brandon, lost 8-0 to Bradenton Manatee.

Riverview and Manatee meet at 5 p.m. today for the championship. Both will continue in post-season play.

Rams junior right-hander Corin Tassio missed most of the season with an injured ankle but returned to improve her record to 4-1. Deckert finished her senior season 8-5.

"That five-run inning killed us, but even then, just one more hit and we could have tied or even gone ahead in the closing innings," Bloomingdale coach Mike Clamon said. "Riverview really did get some nice hits."

In the first inning, Ram leadoff hitter Lindsay Bush reached on an outfield error. She came home on a triple to deep left by Emily Lauer.

First baseman Jamie Peterka had the big hit for Riverview in the third. Her triple to the centerfield fence scored two runs.

After giving up four hits in the first three innings, Deckert shut down the Rams in the last four.

Bloomingdale scored three runs in the fifth and one each in the sixth and seventh, but it was too late.

Jennifer Wittebort drove in two of the Bulls' three runs in the fifth with a double to center.

"We thrive on our defense and even though they had some letdowns in the last three innings, they did what had to be done to win," Riverview coach Perry Patella said.

Brandon had five hits and Manatee 11 in the other game, but the Eagles weren't able to capitalize.

_ TERRY JONES

5A-8: Sickles reaches final

LAND O'LAKES _ They baffle with speed, take an extra base when they feel like it, and most frustrating is when Sickles challenges you to make the mistakes.

So far, teams at the tournament have risen to that challenge. No. 2 seed River Ridge was first. Wednesday night, No. 3 seed Land O'Lakes took its turn.

Like the Royal Knights, the Gators had difficulty stopping the running antics of the seventh-seeded Gryphons and fell in the semifinals 5-2 on their home field.

It took one bad inning to sink the Gators and allow Sickles (17-5) to advance to Friday's 7 p.m. final against Ridgewood, an 8-0 winner over Gulf in the other semifinal.

In the fourth inning, trailing 1-0, Gator starter Ashley Patton appeared to tire (she pitched five innings the night before) and walked the first two batters on nine pitches. Soraya Reddick grounded to Nicki Clevenger at shortstop, but third baseman Angelique Wood missed Clevenger's throw for the force at third, allowing a run to score.

Elisa Haintz's sacrifice fly made it 2-1, and Wood committed her second error of the inning to allow another run to score as Sickles scored three times without the benefit of a hit to take a 3-1 lead.

Sickles pitcher Julie Henneke struck out eight batters and allowed just four hits.

_ JOHN C. COTEY

3A-9: Holy Names, Berkeley advance

TAMPA _ The mercy rule was created for games like this.

Academy of Holy Names defeated an obviously overmatched St. Petersburg Catholic squad 17-0 in the first round at AHN.

AHN meets Berkeley Prep, a 7-6 winner over Clearwater Central Catholic, in Friday's championship game at 4 p.m.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, AHN batted around in each of its next three innings, scoring five runs in the second, six in the third and five in the fifth.

SPC coach Tommy Fabian, who had only nine girls on his roster and was forced to play four girls at positions they had never played, said there wasn't much his team could do.

"We knew coming in they had a good team," he said. "But with only nine players, we knew we couldn't play with them today."

The Barons committed eight errors in the field and couldn't generate any offense against AHN's Kristen Koehler (4-0), who allowed just one hit while striking out eight in five innings.

AHN coach William Garcia said his team was focused coming into the game.

"We didn't celebrate at all after the game," he said. "We didn't act like we just won the World Series. We know the big game is coming up on Friday."

Berkeley survived several scares, as CCC loaded the bases in the first and third innings but was able to score only one run.

Berkeley scored four in the first, two in the second and one in the fourth, which proved to be the difference after CCC rallied for four in the sixth.

Berkeley coach Sally Scudder said defense was the key to the win.

"We don't have overpowering pitching," she said. "We have to rely on getting ground balls and letting our defense make plays. Our defense really stepped up today and that's why we won the game."

AHN will host Berkeley Friday at 4 p.m.

_ KEITH PEARLMAN

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