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Bulls' errors serve Sharks

Riverview ace Beth DiPietro pitches a complete game in 2-1 victory.

BRANDON WRIGHT
Published May 2, 2003

RIVERVIEW - Riverview captured its third consecutive Class 6A, District 5 crown with a 2-1 victory against Bloomingdale on Thursday.

The Sharks (22-6) got a complete game from Beth DiPietro and were helped by poor Bulls' defense.

"It definitely wasn't the prettiest win," Riverview coach Angela Slater said. "We scrapped all night and just tried to put the ball in play."

Both teams qualify for next week's regional. With the win, the Sharks are guaranteed to play host to Tuesday's game while Bloomingdale (22-7) will be on the road.

"It's easier to start things off at home and to have the home stands on our side," Slater said.

Riverview had one hit but were helped by four errors that led to both runs. Every position player in the Bulls' infield committed an error, and starter Allison Kime and catcher Jasmine Rivera contributed with a wild pitch and passedball, respectively.

Rivera's RBI fielder's choice in the first gave Bloomingdale a 1-0 lead, but it was short lived. The Sharks' Lindsey Hurner led off the second by reaching on an error by first baseman Tiffany Anderson. Hurner advanced to second on an error by Melissa Mestre, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a passed ball to tie the score at 1.

Riverview scored the winning run in the third. Kaycie Maines got to first on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch. DiPietro hit a grounder, and Maines came around to score when shortstop Devan Spence's throw sailed wide of first for a 2-1 lead.

"We're a tired team and (DiPietro) was a little under the weather," Slater said. "Every team brings their best stuff at us, and we're playing with some bumps and bruises right now, but we fought through it tonight."

Durant tops Plant City

DURANT - Amanda Griffiths' two-out, pinch-hit single propelled Durant to a 3-1 victory against Plant City in the Class 5A, District 7 championship at Durant on Thursday.

Griffiths' clutch hit up the middle on a 3-2 count made a winner of Mandy Garcia (13-3), who struck out nine and scattered six hits.

"To come off the bench and take three balls, that was an awesome at-bat," Durant coach Melissa Sigmon said of Griffiths.

Durant (22-3), ranked second in the state in 5A, hosts the 5A-8 runner-up, either Chamberlain or King, in a regional quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Plant City (14-8), which won the district the past two seasons, travels to the 5A-8 winner Tuesday.

Durant and Plant City traded first-inning runs, with Wendy Magglos' single scoring Kacy Williams, who tripled, for Plant City. Durant tied it when Krista Olson's single scored Ashley Fertic, who had doubled.

- JOEL POILEY

Chiefs pitch shutout

TAMPA - Chamberlain fans who thought Wednesday's pitching in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals was outstanding got an additional treat Thursday as another Chiefs' hurler was untouchable.

Amanda Cody led Chamberlain to a 4-0 win against King, the Chiefs' second district championship.

Chamberlain is 23-5, while the Lions slipped to 15-10.

In baffling King's batters, Cody struck out 17, walked one and allowed just infield hits. One of those was mishandled, allowing the Lions' Niki Bradshaw to reach base on an error in the sixth.

However, the Chiefs already had taken control.

Chamberlain's Natalie Ippolito and Brandyce Trowell opened the third by reaching base on King errors. A double from Melissa Zick scored Ippolito and Trowell, giving teh Chiefs all the offense they would need. But Chamberlain got more three batters later when Cody hit a double, scoring Jo Jo Medina. Cody later scored from third on a wild pitch.

Cody, who improved to 8-2 with her third no-hitter this season, had a double and a single. Zick also had a double and a single.

"Amanda was totally dominating," Chiefs coach Bob Diez said. "She controlled the game, had good command of her pitches and changed speeds well. She just really pitched well tonight."

- ROD GIPSON

Plant overcomes injuries

There is one other thing Plant High's Coach Sallie Scudder said attributed to winning the Class 4A, District 9 Championship - leadership.

After losing players to injuries last week, the Panthers salvaged a 2-0 win Thursday against Tampa Bay Tech. Scudder said losing their No.1 pitcher called for players to quickly adjust to new roles.

"The girls responded tremendously and did everything they were asked to do," Scudder said. "We talked about people having to step up. And they absolutely gutted it out all night."

Plant (24-5) got the winning in the sixth with Erica Tate's run-scoring single.

"Erica Tate assumed the role of DH and gave us a cushion in the game and that was huge for us," Scudder said.

The Titans (10-10) only got three hits off pitcher Kelly Betts.

"We were mainly very tight on the offensive side," Scudder said.

The sophomore had seven strikeouts and has given up three earned runs all season.

TBT pitcher Ashley Urbanik had nine strikeouts. In the fourth she gave up a double, and three Panthers reached base on bunts later in the game.

"She's very competitive and one of the top pitchers," Titans coach Keensha Parham said.

Aggressive base running gave Plant its first run when Dusten Minardi, who had reached on a walk, stole third and a throw that reached leftfield allowed her to score.

It wasn't until after Minardi scored that the Panthers began to get hits.

"When we scored I told them the magic words for hitting tonight were "chill out,' and that's when things started to loosen up," Scudder said.

Plant had seven hits. TBT had runners in scoring position three times, but runners were left on base twice with strikeouts.

Both the Panthers and the Tiatns advance to Tuesday's regional quarterfinals. Scudder said until then, the Panthers may watch some potential competitors.

"We're just going to take it one game at a time," Scudder said. "If you look too far ahead, that's when you get behind."

- GRACE AGOSTIN

Berkeley Prep tops AHN

FROSTPROOF - Amanda Roehn struck out eight to lead Berkley Prep past Academy of Holy Names 3-0 to give the Buccaneers a spot in today's district title game. Jennifer Jacobs struck out nine and allowed one hit in taking the loss. Berkeley Prep faces McKeel in the final at 7 tonight at the Frostproof Sports Complex. McKeel scored in the bottom of the eighth to beat Frostproof, 4-3.

- THE LEDGER

Cambridge wins 14-0

LARGO - Sixth-grader Rebekah Morgan led Lakeside Christian with a home run, triple and single and the Lions held off a late charge by Bayshore Christian on Thursday to win a wild 14-12 game in the Class A, District 10 semifinals at Indian Rocks Christian.

The Faith Warriors rallied from a 15-5 deficit after a Melissa Adkins triple and Mandy Stokes home run in the seventh, but the late drive fell short when Sandy Bateman hit a sharp liner to third to end the game.

In the other semifinal, Kim Rolley had two singles and allowed one hit pitching in front of a solid Lancers defense as Cambridge overwhelmed Indian Rocks Christian 14-0 in five innings.

- STEVE FOLEY

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