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High School Softball:
Camden Catholic's Walk Off Homerun Finally Ends Extra Inning Battle

Monday, April 28, 2003

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

Neither team could decide who would be the winning after seven full innings of softball was played at Camden Catholic High School. Bishop Eustace’s Megan Farrell and the Irish’s Anna Dahl were the starting pitchers in this Olympic Conference National Division softball game. After neither team would be able to take advantage of few runners in scoring position, the game would remain scoreless through eight innings. Finally, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Dahl would crush a Farrell pitch over the fence for the 2-0 victory.

Bishop Eustace has gotten off to a quick start coming away on the winning side of some very close games. Timber Creek, who also has shown that they are capable of winning the games they’re supposed to, are among the leaders from the National Division along with Eustace and Camden Catholic. The Crusaders would win their first meeting against Timber Creek and were ready to test their abilities against the Irish today.

Both teams have talented pitchers who were capable of recording double-digit strikeouts in a game. Through four complete innings, Dahl and Farrell had five strikeouts apiece keeping the game scoreless. Two of Farrell’s strikeouts would be from Dahl would could not catch up to the fastball.

It would seem as if the Lady Irish’s softball team would not coming through again on some key scoring opportunities handed to them. But they would continue to press on setting up even more chances hoping to finally come up with that big hit. Well, that hit came from the bat of Dahl in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs. Kim Killion would nail a one out, 1-2 pinch for a single and moved to second on an error. Two batters later, Dahl, who struck out nine batters, ripped a 3-2 fastball over the fence for the game winner. Dahl would also pick up the win for Camden Catholic.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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