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Lady Raiders use late rally to defeat KC, 7-3

April 21, 2011

Brookville shortstop Kelsey Heinrich (center) lunges toward the ball Thursday, but was unable to tag out Karns City's Maggie McKain (8). Kasey Osbourne provides backup. (Photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — Brookville shortstop Kelsey Heinrich and third baseman Abby Beatty shut down the left side of the infield during the Lady Raiders' 7-3 win over Karns City Thursday afternoon in Brookville.

Heinrich and Beatty gunned down eight Lady Gremlins base runners, helping Tonya Shaffer complete a one-hitter, which gave Shaffer her second varsity win.

"I'm proud that we didn't give up," Henrich said, "And that we fought back and won even though we were behind for 90 percent of the game."

Brookville (2-2) trailed 2-0 after the first inning, as it has in every other game this season. The difference for the Lady Raiders was their play in the field.

Brookville manager Early Ross said that his team has played well after it shakes its nerves off.

"They're playing well, now that they've gotten rid of some of the nerves," Ross said. "I'm happy with the way they're fielding and the way they're batting."

Shaffer struck out eight batters, and the team limited the Lady Gremlins (3-4) to three runs. She also tripled, which scored Chey Ross, and Brookville's deficit dropped to 3-2 in the fifth inning.

"The team played pretty much error-free, and we were able to dig our way out," Earl Ross said. "Tonya pitched great, and I told her anyone she couldn't get (out) to let the defense work behind her."

Despite having shut down Karns City's offense, Brookville's bats didn't wake up until the sixth inning.

The Lady Raiders trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, where they rebounded with a five-run sixth to seal the win.

Kacey Osborne, Alex Beatty and Stefany Alexander all drove in runs in the sixth. Alexander's single with the bases loaded drove in two runs and extended the Lady Raiders' lead to 7-3.

Brookville sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth inning.

Heinrich, who scored in the sixth, said the team started to get used to Karns City starter's Breezie Wilson's pitching style.

"She threw a lot of high pitches," Heinrich said. "We're a patient team, and we wait for pitches we can hit."

After two consecutive wins, Heinrich believes the team can make significant steps forward from last year.

"I think we can continue to win," Heinrich said. "We get along better than we did last year, and we're doing much better."

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