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May 30, 2013

Milton rallies past Shamokin

(Continued)

The Indians looked like they were going to rally in the top of the sixth inning after freshman pitcher Dani Lincoln relieved starter Taylor Batman.

The freshman struck out one and had another pop out, but not before a run scored on a wild pitch. Lincoln then walked the bases loaded, but the Black Panthers got out of the bases-loaded jam when Bonshock popped out to short.

"I figured when she got out of inning, there wouldn't be any problems in the seventh because she'd be relaxed and come out and throw strikes," Milton coach Bill Keefer said. "She could just throw strikes and hit her spots. I figured she'd be fine."

Lincoln gave up just a single into left before a final ground out ended the inning.

The Black Panthers cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Bethany Brennan (two singles) had a base hit into left field before Mack Miller grounded out to drive in a run with one out.

Milton added another run in the sixth inning to go ahead by three when Brennan hit another single into left. The play resulted in a fielding error that allowed Linea Brouse (two singles) to cross the plate.

"I am very proud of them. They accomplished what they set out to accomplish: get to districts (and) win a game, but that's a tough loss there and they're taking it to heart," Cryder said. "(We) should've won the game, but came down to little things, but I'm proud of them. They fought."

Jersey Shore's win over Mifflinburg in extra innings sets up a Jersey Shore/Milton district final today at Elm Park.

"I told these kids 'look, we want to win the thing, yeah, without a doubt and if we play our best we can, but this is eight years in a row we've been in the final,'" Keefer said. "There's a lot of schools that never make a final. I said 'you guys have worked all year, this is your reward. Come (today), relax and play the game.'"

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