Chiefs prevail in marathon

Published May 7, 2005

TAMPA - Although the game took over 24 hours to complete, neither the Indians nor the Chiefs were very tired at the end.

A rain-soaked field stopped the contest between Chamberlain and East Bay at the Chiefs' field. When the game was postponed Thursday afternoon, Chamberlain had a 3-0 lead and East Bay had a batter at the plate in the top of the fourth.

When the final out was finally made Friday afternoon, Chamberlain had a 6-1 victory and a berth in Tuesday's semifinals.

Jo Jo Medina went 2-for-5 at the plate for Chamberlain, recorded an RBI and scored a run and reached on a walk. On the mound, Heather Van Landingham gave up only three hits.

"We left too many runners on base," said Chamberlain coach Bob Diez, whose team is 25-3). "But we passed a test in winning the game over a two-day period. I was concerned they would come back three runs ahead and think the game was over. They kept their mind on the game and played well. Heather had a great game. Picking up where she left off after a long break, showed she is a very good player."

Ashley Urbanik started for the Indians, but lasted less than four innings, three Thursday and into the fourth Friday. She gave up three runs and three hits in the third inning and was replaced by freshman Ashley Stubbs in the fourth.

East Bay finished its season 21-7.

"We could tell she was tired, even yesterday," Indians coach Glenn Rodriguez said. "She told us to take her out and maybe I should have done it earlier. But I am proud of our girls this season. It was kind of wild at times, but we have some great players coming back and the future is very promising." Urbanik hit a pair of doubles and scored the only run for the Indians.

4A: Armwood falls

BARTOW - Bartow, which scored four runs in the first inning and got six perfect innings from its pitchers before allowing a hit, blanked Armwood 6-0.

Bartow (26-2) has outscored its past three opponents 25-0 since the district semifinals, including a 9-0 over Auburndale in the district championship.

Lindsay Littlejohn went five perfect innings and struck out nine. Jerrica Sanchez pitched a perfect sixth but gave up a lead-off single and a one-out single to centerfielder Sam Levine and shortstop Lauren McKelvy.

But second baseman Staci Fernandez teamed with Britta Giddens to turn a pretty double play on a grounder to second.