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Late rally gets win for FireStix

Tampa Bay came from behind to defeat Durham 4-3 Sunday, helping the FireStix maintain a 1{ game lead over Virginia in the Women's Pro Softball League.

The FireStix fell behind early and didn't heat up until the sixth inning.

The team has come from behind in 13 of its 31 wins this season.

"Never count this team out," coach Linda Derk said. "Several times I have had a feeling something was going to happen late in the game and we will win. I felt that today, and in their last inning at bat they came through with four runs on five hits."

Pitcher Heather Compton came in with two on and one out in the fourth to stop the Dragons.

"Basically, all I wanted to do was stop them from scoring anymore and give my teammates a chance to come back," she said. "I went right at them."

The FireStix had only one hit when Compton entered the game. They finished with eight.

Venus Taylor started the sixth with a single. Chelo Lopez, Diedre Shores and Gina Perez followed with hits.

Taylor scored from second on Shores hit, then pinch-runner Amber Wright and Shores tied the score on Perez's single to deep center.

Nancy Evans clinched the victory with a sacrifice fly, scoring Perez.

"A sacrifice wasn't the foremost thought in my mind," Evans said. "I was pumped up though and determined to either get the ball through the infield or at least a deep fly."