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End of season is end of pitcher's prep career

Chamberlain's softball team falls short at the state championships and comes away with a 30-3 record.

By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 13, 2001


TAMPA -- The north Tampa area took a split at the state softball championships Thursday in Auburndale. While Sickles won the school's first championship, Chamberlain ended its season at 30-3. Gonzalez Tate scored three runs in the fourth inning to erase an early 1-0 Chief lead. Chamberlain scored again in the sixth inning but it wouldn't be enough in the 3-2 defeat. The loss also marked the end of senior pitcher Niki Trowell's prep career. A University of South Florida signee, Trowell was 13-1-1 this season with 127 strikeouts and a 0.69 ERA. Amanda Cody, who took the loss Thursday, will become the Chiefs' No. 1 pitcher next season.

TENNIS: Chamberlain and Wharton players dominated the All-Western Conference team, which was announced May 9. The W.C. Federal Division First Team was highlighted by Chamberlain's Carl Fisher at No. 1 singles. Wharton's Evan DuFaux was named First Team No. 2 singles and Greg Fisher of Wharton was named No. 3 singles. Chamberlain's Evan Schechter was named First Team No. 4 singles.

On the girls' side, Gaither's Brianna Williams and Liz Rodgers were named First Team Nos. 1 and 2. Wharton's Valtina Gomez and Courtney Bogart took the Nos. 3 and 4 honors.

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