By CAREY FREEMAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 4, 2001
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Chrissy Hartley and Hernando maintained their mastery over Citrus County competition with a 5-0 victory over Crystal River on Tuesday, their fifth win over Citrus schools this season.
Hartley gave up just three hits and struck out eight while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
"Chrissy threw the ball pretty good today," Hernando coach Ernie Chatman said. "She had pretty good control and kept the ball down for the most part. We feel she can keep us in most ballgames."
The Pirates (7-9) and starter Krystle Cummings kept the game scoreless through three innings, but Hernando struck for two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth.
With Hartley on the mound, the first two runs proved to be more than enough. Christene Dennis opened the fourth by reaching on an error and Carolyn Gant, after a Hartley sacrifice, reached on a walk. Dennis stole third, and then Gant stole second. Both scored one batter later on another error. After going down in order in the fifth, Hernando (16-1) opened the sixth with consecutive base hits by Dennis and Hartley and loaded the bases when Ashley Rogers walked. A walk to Gant scored one run, and singles by Jamie Kunkle and Jessica Maggard plated the Leopards' final two runs.
"Any time you get up in a softball game, you feel pretty good about it," Chatman said. "I was happy with the way we played defense, and we made some things happen and executed well in the (fourth)."