Thursday, April 8, 2004
By Susan Hall
When a team has been successful at winning games, everyone on the roster gets the credit for keeping that streak in tact. The Lady Chiefs from Cherokee were starting yet another softball season looking for their 29th victory in a row. With that much success over two softball seasons, opponents are either intimidated or motivated against the Chiefs when they take the softball field at the start of a game. When Eastern had their chance to play the South Jersey Group 4 defending champs, they took full advantage of their limited scoring opportunities. The Lady Vikings would be that team who ended Cherokee's reign over their opponents by posting a 2-1 victory on the road.
It was just the first game of the season and Cherokee was in the spotlight again. But that's something this team has been getting used to with players and a coaching staff that has handle their success well. The Chiefs are the favorite again to repeat as Olympic Conference American Division champs. Eastern, who loss both of their regular schedule games last year to Cherokee by a 7-0 margin, has started the season out winning their first 2 games. With today's victory, Eastern has the confidence and high hopes of creating a winning streak of their own.
Stephanie Campbell got the call to start the game for Eastern and she kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard up until the finally innings. Giving their starting pitcher some run support, Eastern rallied during the third inning scoring twice to give them a 2-0 lead. From that point on, Cherokee's Allison Twarowski pitched shut out innings hoping her offense would find a way to score. Cherokee would score only one run, and that was one run too short as they would lose their season opener.
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