Monday, May 10, 2004
By Crystal Parker
Hanging around after Gloucester had just handed Schalick its first loss of the season, you could help to hear the subject of walking Tina Londino instead of pitching to her. For seven full innings, neither team could score a run during a Tri-County Conference Classic Division softball game played at Gloucester City. Schalick had started the season winning thirteen games in a row looking for one more against the Lions. Londino stepped up to the plate and delivered the only RBI of the game with a single up the middle.
It was a classic duel against a pitcher who had success getting batters out. Schalick’s Brittney Hays and Gloucester’s Sam Elder pitched extremely well for their team. Each pitcher had the confidence that no matter who the batter was, they were in control. During their first meeting of the season back in April, Schalick pulled out the 2-1 victory on its home field and the Lady Cougars were looking to make it two straight wins against Gloucester.
With Gloucester given the opportunity to end this game in the bottom of the eighth inning, it came down to perfect execution and sacrifice to win this game. The Lions got their leadoff batter on base with a bunt and a throwing error. Amanda Greene was then moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt leaving the door wide open for Londino heroics. Faced with the decision to either give the hot hitter a free pass, Schalick decided to challenge Londino one more time.
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