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High School Softball:
Cherokee Stays On Top, Wins Battle of the Unbeaten

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

By Crystal Parker
SJSports Staff Writer

Finally, a softball game was being played. The Lady Renegades were up against their rivals from Olympic Conference American Division, the Lady Chiefs from Cherokee. Slated as the team to beat this season, the Chiefs added on to an early one run lead to hand Shawnee their first loss of the season. Starting pitcher Danielle Cohen had a shutout going up until the last inning, but that was spoiled during Shawnee’s last turn at bat for the game. Cherokee would remain undefeated with their 3-1 victory.

After winning their first two games of the season against Timber Creek and Eastern, the Lady Chiefs had their sites on softball and staying sharp after not playing the game for quite some time. The weather has not cooperated with the season which now athletic directors throughout the area are left with the task of rescheduling games. Shawnee has also gotten off to a good start by defeating Timber Creek, Winslow Township and Triton. Today’s game had all the makings of a pitching duel with only a few runs crossing the plate.

The way this game started out, it looked as if the Cherokee bats would take control during their first at bat. Shawnee would survive the inning escaping with no runs crossing the plate. It wasn’t until the third inning that the first run of the game was scored by Cherokee. Allison Twarowski scored on a ground out fielder’s choice from third to put the Chiefs ahead. Two more runs would cross the plate during the sixth inning giving Cherokee a 3-0 lead. That would be enough to give the win to the Chiefs. Danielle Cohen picked up the win for Cherokee and Shannon Gillardon suffered her first loss of the season.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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