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High School Softball:
Paul VI Stays Ahead of the Rain and the Crusaders

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

By Stephanie Wright
SJSports Special Correspondent

When the day began, there was a weather report of a chance of rain could postpone most outdoor activities. With that news, most players might not even want to take the field. That's when the coaching staff must find a way to motivate their players preparing them mentally. It appeared that the Lady Eagles from Paul VI got the message when they were taking on the Lady Crusaders from Bishop Eustace in an Olympic Conference National Division softball game. In a rain shortened game, starting pitcher Danielle Schafhauser would not allow a run to cross home plate and with the help of her teammates Paul VI would outscore the Crusaders 3-0 through five innings.

In this game, both teams had their chances to produce runs. Paul VI would be successful during their first at bat scoring two runs. One of those runs scored when a key single by Bernadette Tenuto got the game’s first run. Bishop Eustace had scoring chances but just could not continue with their rally. Another run scored in the third inning for the Eagles was important especially with the dark clouds moving in the area. When the fifth inning came around, so did the thunder and lighting. That was the indicator to end this game and Paul VI would win their second game in a row.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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