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Sickles pitcher no-hits Bulls

The Gryphons' Julie Henneke also scored the winning run in the eighth inning on an error.

By JEREMY RASMUSSEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 4, 2001


CITRUS PARK -- In Tuesday's showdown between Bloomingdale and Sickles, one play made the difference.

A pitchers' duel between Sickles' Julie Henneke and Bloomingdale's Stacy Bronson came down to the wire before Henneke capped her no-hitter by scoring the game-winner on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Sickles (14-2) secured the 1-0 victory when Bronson picked up Laura Templeton's two-out, bases-loaded bunt, but sailed the throw over first base.

"I was just going on adrenaline there at the end," Henneke (9-2) said. "We had to keep each other up in the dugout. We knew someone was going to get on base, and one little thing can make it happen."

Before the error, Bronson was superb, striking out nine batters. However, Henneke countered with eight strikeouts and also went 3-for-4. "Having (Henneke) go 3-for-4 and having Tiffany Clark follow up after her put us in a good position most of the night," Sickles coach Tammy Overcash said. "Still, I think we need to be a little more aggressive at-bat. Our defense has been very good lately, but our offense needs to get going."

With the win, Sickles avenged a 3-0 loss to the Bulls on March 6.

"I think the difference this time was the home-field advantage," Overcash said. "When we came up to bat last, we knew we just had to get one run over."

The Gryphons threatened in the sixth inning when Darlene Hollister singled to leftfield. Tiffany Stewart bunted to advance Hollister to third, but Bronson got Templeton to pop up to first to end the rally.

Bloomingdale (17-3) had its best chance to score in the top of the eighth inning when Maria Laverghetta walked and stole second. But Clark, at shortstop, made a great scoop and throw to first to beat Courtney Raney for the third out.

BASEBALL: Sickles (11-9) ran its winning streak to 10 games with a scrappy 2-1 win over Bloomingdale. Sickles' Ryan Ratcliffe scored on a wild pitch and David Ivey scored the game-winner on a double steal, sliding under the tag at home plate.

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