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McKeel Academy avenges loss to Holy Names

McKeel Academy's potent bats quickly got to Academy of the Holy Names starter Kayla Suskauer, not to mention a maple tree beyond the left field fence, and nearly every other nook of the Wildcats' ballpark Friday.

By JOEY KNIGHT
Published April 28, 2007


LAKELAND - McKeel Academy's potent bats quickly got to Academy of the Holy Names starter Kayla Suskauer, not to mention a maple tree beyond the left field fence, and nearly every other nook of the Wildcats' ballpark Friday.

The 'Cats (12-17) collected 11 hits - two of them home runs - in a 7-4 triumph against Holy Names (16-9), avenging a four-run loss to the Jaguars in early March and ending AHN's season in the process.

The Jaguars collected eight hits of their own, including three by cleanup hitter Becky Vyzas (3-for-3, one run, one RBI), but managed only three in the final four innings.

The Tigers, meantime, broke a tie at 4 in the bottom of the fifth on eighth-grader Taylor Collins' RBI single, then sealed things on senior Cassidy Taylor's wind-aided two-run homer to left center in the bottom of the sixth.

Two of McKeel's last three runs were unearned, courtesy of a pair of Jaguars errors.

Suskauer, who entered averaging more than eight strikeouts a game, scattered five hits while walking four and fanning two before being pulled after three innings.

The first hit she allowed was Brooke Leggore's first-inning solo homer to left that hit the middle of a maple tree.

McKeel Academy's potent bats quickly got to Academy of the Holy Names starter Kayla Suskauer, not to mention a maple tree beyond the left field fence, and nearly every other nook of the Wildcats' ballpark Friday.