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Bridgeport slips past S. Harrison

by Charles Casey

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BRIDGEPORT -- Bridgeport received strong pitching from April Potts and excellent defensive play to remain unbeaten on the season with a 2-1 victory over South Harrison in high school softball action Tuesday afternoon at the Bridgeport Athletic Complex.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Bridgeport scored the eventual game-winning run in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Lindsey Gum led off with a single, and pinch-hitter Libby Reep followed with another single to put runners on first and second with no outs.

Susan Stout moved both runners up one base with a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt ,and Erica Rome followed with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Gum.

Even though, the Indians (4-0, 2-0 Big 10) pounded out seven hits, they were unable to put very many of them together and thus the contest turned into a defensive game.

"It's tough when you stay in the gym all the time and Mother nature has not being fare spring sports," Bridgeport coach Lois Pratt said. "The girls were unable to get their timing down at the plate and that is a direct result of not being able to play."

However, the game turned into an excellent pitchers duel between Potts for Bridgeport and South Harrison's Sarah Bowers.

Potts went the distance to get the win for Bridgeport giving up one run on three hits, while striking out eight and walking five.

Bowers was the hard-luck loser for the Hawks (0-1). She scattered two runs, one earned on seven hits, while striking out four and walking only one batter.

"We are just glad to break the cabin fever and get outside a little bit," South Harrison coach Bernie Hurst said. "Sarah did an outstanding job on the mound, but we missed a few opportunities offensively and we need to take advantage of those situations."

One of those missed opportunities for the Hawks occurred in the top of the seventh inning as Bobbi Jo Devericks drew a walk and Desiree Evans followed with a single putting runners on first and second with no outs.

After a sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position, Potts pitched out of the jam by striking out the next South Harrison hitter and getting the final out on a ground out to preserve the win.

Angie Handschumacher led Bridgeport's hitters by going 2-for-3 with a double. Evans led South Harrison by going 2-for-3 and also had a double.

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