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Bulls need 9 innings to put away Sharks

Bloomingdale coach Mike Claman wasn't sure what to expect of his young squad in a rematch with Riverview, the top team in Class 6A, District 5.

Bloomingdale had handed Riverview its only district loss three weeks ago in a 2-0, eight-inning pitchers duel.

Thursday night, the Bulls and Sharks played an inning longer but scored a run less as Bloomingdale won 1-0 in nine innings.

Despite the loss, Riverview (12-3, 6-2) remained on top in the district with only a makeup game with Sarasota Riverview left. Bloomingdale improved to 12-4 overall and 6-3 in the district.

Through eight innings, the game was a repeat of the teams' first game.

Riverview's Beth DiPietro and Bloomingdale's Stacey Bronson battled again on the mound and both defenses played flawless to back them up.

Bronson (8-2) gave up two hits and struck out 13. DiPietro (12-3) allowed six hits but struck out 16.

The Sharks' only threat came in the top of the fifth when third baseman Meghan Manso led off with a single to right. After Manso stole second, Bronson walked Ally Maddox. Lindsey Hurner hit into a fielder's choice. Melissa Krenn then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, moving the runners to second and third with two outs, but Bronson fanned Brittany Glawson to end the inning.

The difference was a pair of two-out hits in the bottom of the ninth. Vanessa Glisson smashed a double to the leftfield fence and Devin Spence followed with a liner to rightfield, bringing Lauren Hogg home for the game's only run.