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Riverview snaps skid vs. error-prone Newsome

ANTHONY GAGLIANO
Published March 14, 2004

LITHIA - The Sharks lost their seventh game of the 2003 season in the Class 6A title game. Entering Saturday's game, the 2004 squad already had lost six in a row.

But Riverview avoided a seventh straight loss, defeating Newsome 14-0 for its first victory since the season opener against Brandon.

"It would be easy to say we're (2-6) and (we're bad)," Riverview coach Angela Slater said. "But you can't do that. These kids want to succeed.

"I tend to think it's not how you catch or throw or field the ball, but the little things. That's probably the mistake talented teams make is that they don't pay attention to detail, so they don't quite accomplish up to their expectations. I'd never say we've had great talent, but there was strong pitching, we had the defense and got the clutch hit when we needed to. So perhaps we haven't paid attention to the details."

While the Sharks (2-6), who have been to the state championship three times in the past four years, might need to brush up on fundamentals, catching and throwing clearly are Newsome's weaknesses.

The Wolves (4-6) committed seven of their 10 errors in the sixth and seventh innings, when Riverview scored 10 runs.

Right-hander Kristin Garcia, who averages almost two strikeouts per game, threw all nine innings Friday in a 1-0 loss to Armwood, striking out 24.

She returned Saturday to throw a complete game, adding nine strikeouts and allowing 18 hits.

Riverview starter Meghan Manso gave up one hit in four innings and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Freshman Ashley Schmitt relieved Manso with two scoreless innings and teammate Brittany Bell reached base four times.

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