Friday, April 23, 2004
By Susan Hall
Being a freshman has its advantages and disadvantages, some may think. The disadvantage could be that you have not earned the respect that most have not given. You have to start out with proving that knowledge and experience on the field would go a long way of your peers. But the advantage, as freshman pitcher Alyssa O'Connell has experienced, would be that no one really knows your ability that would leave you guessing at the plate. For the Irish, the advantage has been on their side as they upset the Lady Vikings from Eastern by a score of 2-0.
Eastern was the team that knocked off Cherokee by a one run at the beginning of the season to end the Chiefs winning streak. With that reputation, the Irish knew that it wasn't going to be easy with starting pitcher Stephanie Campbell on the mound. Matching her opponents every pitch, O'Connell kept the Vikings off the scoreboard and allowed the Irish’s two run second inning to hold up for the rest of the game.
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