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May 23, 2013

H.S. softball: Greenwood tops UDA, returns to District 3 final

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The Wildcats' first-inning run was the result of Brittany Fleisher reaching on a dropped third strike and safely taking third on an error the following at-bat by Heggenstaller.

"That's kind of been our motto and thing we've preached all year: You can't give teams extra outs. It'll come back to haunt you. We gave teams extra outs and it came back to haunt us," Everhart said of the error and wild pitches that accounted for three Greenwood runs. "(You) can't do that and expect to win games; it's not going to happen."

Greenwood built a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning when Osborne hit an RBI-single to shallow right field to drive in Becca Stalvey, who reached on an error.

Upper Dauphin committed five errors in the loss.

Defensively however, Greenwood played solid from start to finish. While Louden didn't record a single strikeout in the win, her pitch selection coaxed Upper Dauphin to routinely ground out or pop out in the infield. Not a single Upper Dauphin batter hit the ball out of the infield except for Bingaman's two hits and Chasity Campbell's triple.

"(Louden) did a good job hitting her spots. I thought she had her pitches working," Greenwood coach Troy Gantt said. "She's been getting stronger here. We started pitching her late in the season, and she seems to get stronger every game, so I hope we can build on that."

"My defense certainly backed me up," Louden added.

Upper Dauphin scored off a Walker sacrifice fly just past first base to bring in Katie Boyer in the fifth inning. The Trojans cut the deficit to just two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Campbell scored after hitting her deep triple into third.

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