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High School Softball:
Gloucester Finds another Way to Win

Saturday, April 14, 2007

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Lady Lions from Gloucester has the luxury of two very good starting pitchers on their team. Both Jill Stafford and Sam Dobleman have been perfect on the mound keeping opposing batters off balanced. In this game, Dobleman would get another start and was looking to extend Gloucester's unbeaten streak to six games. The Lady Cougars from Schalick and Gloucester would not score a run until the bottom of the fifth inning when Kelsey Cutler connected on a two run homerun. Schalick would get one of those runs back to pull within a run. Dobleman would take care of things during the final inning and preserve Gloucester's 2-1 victory.

Schalick's starting pitcher Christine Fleming knew that Gloucester was capable of putting up several runs on the scoreboard and her job was to minimize those chances. Schalick's defense would provide that support and allow the offense a chance to come through with some timely hits. This game would be scoreless for four innings and at the bottom half of the fifth was when Cutler put Gloucester ahead with one swing of the bat. The Lady Lions would cut their deficit in half, but that would be the only run Dobleman would allow as she struck out ten batters and gave up just two hits.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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