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April 14, 2013

Warrior Run tops Mifflinburg in last meeting of ace pitchers

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By the time Katy Swartz flew out into center field for the third out, the Defenders had scored five runs on three hits and three errors and jumped out to a 6-1 lead and took all the momentum with them.

"Usually when something happens like that, it just keeps following after it," Lloyd said of the first error. "You can't really think about it. You have to kind of erase it out of your head and bounce back and pitch and try to get out of the inning, but I was a little bit upset with myself because I started the whole chain of bad reactions there."

The Wildcats scored one in the bottom of the 11th when Kayla Kline had a sacrifice fly into left field that allowed McKenzie Noll to score.

Lloyd ended the game with 13 strikeouts and gave up only four hits -- three in the final inning -- all of which ended up being singles. Parker recorded 13 strikeouts as well, including the final out of the game, giving up just four singles too.

"We expected it. It was a good game," Warrior Run coach Garth Watson said. "They have a heck of a team and both teams played (well). It was a great game defensively and (with those) two pitchers, you can expect that. Two real good pitchers. They both had real good command of their pitches today and it was just one of those things (where) you had to be patient and see what ended up after the smoke cleared."

Between the third and ninth innings, Warrior Run could do nothing against Lloyd and the Wildcats as the Defenders went three up, three down for seven straight innings. Conversely, the Wildcats also had five innings where the side was retired in order.

Warrior Run scored in the 10th inning to break the scoreless game after Lloyd intentionally walked both Parker and Clemens to load the bases with just one out. Swartz got a hold of the first pitch she saw and had a sacrifice fly into center field that brought in a run.

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