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June 3, 2013

H.S. softball: Warrior Run falls in first round of states

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Jackie Clemens twice lined into double plays, the first a hard shot to center that got Devin Nicholas picked off trying to tag up. Clemens then hit a hard shot to second that was caught and doubled up Parker returning to first in the fourth.

"You tell them to be aggressive all year and you hit the ball hard, but got a little too aggressive. (The Royals) made good plays though; there's not much you can do about that," Warrior Run coach Garth Watson said. "Got to come in and keep hitting hard and we did that. It's not what we did wrong. We didn't have any blunders; they just got good jumps. Four or five real good plays on us."

Warrior Run (20-4) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning when Swanek hit a high shot right to Laura Bastian, who caught it and made an unassisted double play by tagging second base.

The Royals then stranded two runners in the sixth inning before Warrior Run got out of the inning unscathed.

"To get a second chance (with runners in scoring position) and come through like that, it's crazy," Shemanski said. "We knew this would be a really tough game, but the whole team put in a great group effort and we just pulled through with it. It's just phenomenal."

The Royals were held to just five hits by Parker. She recorded nine strikeouts in the loss, falling one shy of 900 for her illustrious career.

"She's a great pitcher and we knew that," Swanek said. "Our defense was just amazing and I put it where my catcher wanted it to and my defense did the work for me. (We) couldn't be any happier."

Swanek recorded just one strikeout in the win, but the Defenders' struggled to string together any offense off her pitch selection and the Royals defense.

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