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Softball roundup

By BILL POWERS and STEVE LEE
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 31, 2002


Cougars master the 1-0 win

BRANDON -- Pitching, defense and timely hitting are three things Countryside had in its run to the title of the Jon Sinclair Memorial Spring Fling Invitational. The Cougars (22-1) eked out three consecutive 1-0 wins, including the championship game against River Ridge, handing the Knights (19-1) their first loss. "We had a good tournament," Countryside coach Scott Kitchen said. "We played some good defense and got some good pitching. The hitting we're going to have to work on."

The Cougars scored their lone run thanks to mistakes by the Knights.

Carly Brieske and tournament MVP Bree Spence got back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the fourth. Brooke Johannessen put down a sacrifice bunt, but Brieske beat the throw to third to load the bases. Then, with one out, pinch-hitter Kaeley Campagni grounded to first and Brieske beat the throw home for the winning run.

Starting pitcher Sam Becker (6-0) earned the win. Becker allowed three hits, struck out two and walked one while River Ridge's KiKi Van Holt (7-1) scattered four hits, struck out three and walked one in the loss.

Spence pitched a 14-inning 1-0 win earlier in the day to beat Flagler.

Warhawks fall short

HUDSON -- Seminole repeated as a finalist in the Rams Classic, but Bloomingdale battery mates Stacey Bronson and Courtney Raney helped send the Warhawks home without a title -- again.

Bronson and Raney were named tournament co-MVPs Saturday after leading the Bulls to a 4-0 championship victory against Seminole, which lost last year's final to host Ridgewood.

Bronson, who plans to sign with Florida Southern in April, went 3-0 on the mound during the tournament to improve to 10-3 overall.

She allowed one unearned run on five hits and struck out 37.

Raney, a catcher who has signed with Florida Atlantic, had an extra-base hit in every game but the final. Against Seminole, she hit a run-scoring single and scored twice.

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