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Sharks outlast Bulls in nine

Alternating pitchers and a passed ball give Riverview a 1-0 victory over Bloomingdale.

By TERRY JONES

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 7, 2001


Alternating pitchers and a passed ball give Riverview a 1-0 victory over Bloomingdale.

VALRICO -- Riverview coach Angie Slater took a page from Florida football coach Steve Spurrier's playbook Friday night. But instead of rotating quarterbacks, she rotated pitchers in each inning.

Addie Clark faced the first batter while Beth DiPietro played third. From that point on,the two switched a couple of times each inning, and nine innings later, the game was over and Clark got the win because she faced the first batter in the 1-0 victory.

Because she closed out the game, DiPietro got the save.

"It is the first time I've seen it and the first time we have done it and it worked," Slater said.

"As long as we didn't slow down the game, it was all right. They didn't get warmups. Just came in off third base."

The Sharks scored the only run of the game in the top of the ninth. With one out, Clark singled and moved to second on an error by shortstop Devon Spence. After the second out, K.C. Maines loaded the bases with a single, and Clark scored on a passed ball.

Even though Melissa Mestro started the bottom of the ninth with a single and moved to third on a pair of sacrifices, the Bulls (19-4) couldn't get her home. "All four of our losses have been 1-0 on unearned runs," Bulls coach Mike Claman said. "I know we have a lot of young players in our starting lineup, but I really feel bad about doing that four times to such a great pitcher like Stacey (Bronson).

"We will have to work on those defensive skills before district."

Bronson went the distance for the Bulls, giving up three hits and striking out 16. Maria Lavergetta led the Bulls with two hits. lls with two hits. Maines got two of the Sharks' three hits.

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