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EAGLES ACE OPENS SEASON WITH FLAIR

Becky Powell looked to be on a mission in her season-opening start Tuesday, pitching a no-hitter against Wiregrass Ranch.

Springstead's 10-0 victory over the Bulls in five innings was a team effort, with Powell being backed up by plenty of offense.

Springstead (1-0) was up 2-0 going into the fourth inning when an eight-run offensive outburst put the Eagles out of reach.

"I was a little concerned about how our offense would be early in the season," Springstead coach Craig Swartout said, "but we really put that worry to rest the way the girls hit tonight."

Not that the team needed it with Powell on her game. Pitching a no-hitter, the senior ace struck out 10 and surrendered only two baserunners, both walks.

"I was happy with how I pitched tonight," Powell said. "We have a lot of heart on this team."

Wiregrass Ranch (0-2) was getting a strong outing from starting pitcher Emily Jernigan until Springstead rightfielder Mary Schutter set off the fireworks with a single in the fourth.

The Eagles proceeded to bat around and received key triples from shortstop Jamie Lee Basinger and leftfielder Christina Morolla.

Springstead catcher Olivia D'Acunto was the team's star at the plate. Batting second, she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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