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Clarion tops Brookville during snowy game

March 30, 2011

Brookville senior pitcher Tonya Schaffer tries to stay warm in between batters during the Lady Raiders' 12-0 loss at Clarion Wednesday. (Photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

CLARION — When the infielders for Brookville and Clarion's softball teams raced toward ground balls Wednesday afternoon at Clarion, they were forced to contend with Mother Nature, as well as their opponents.

The snow started about an hour before the game and continued throughout, leaving both teams scrambling to stay warm and trying to find solid footing in the field.

The Lady Bobcats (3-0) overcame the conditions and used a strong outing from starting pitcher from Krysta Fuller to beat the Lady Raiders, 12-0.

Fuller struck out 10 Lady Raiders batters in five innings and allowed only two hits. She also hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Brookville manager Earl Ross said considering his team made it outside to practice only one day before the season started, he was pleased with the Lady Raiders' first game.

"It's something to build on," Ross said. "We need to work more on hitting and bunting, and we were a little rusty with our throws. It was good to get some of the rust off."

Brookville (0-1) was playing in its first game because its March 28 game against Keystone was canceled due to weather.

Clarion scored three runs in the first inning off two Brookville errors. The Lady Raiders struggled in the field and finished the game with four errors.

Clarion manager Dan Shofestall felt that both teams played well for the conditions.

"I have to give both of these teams credit," Shofestall said. "They both came out and battled today. We didn't have the best weather, but both teams played hard."

The Bobcats scored five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth to end the game in the fifth due to the 10-run rule.

"I was surprised with the power hitting, especially with how cold it was," Shofestall said.

Chey Ross and Stefany Alexander had the Lady Raiders' two hits. Earl Ross said that he thinks the team will start to get better once the girls get some more experience.

"We have a young team, and we made mistakes today," Ross said. "We're going to work on our throws and defense this week."

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