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High School Softball:
Shawnee's Defense Keys Win at Triton

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

When you think of the game of softball, most of the time the first thought that comes to mind is the pitcher and how much velocity the ball sails across the plate and into the catcher's glove. What is sometimes forgotten is that when the bat does come in contact with that pitch, the ball will be put in play and the defense must be ready at all times. Starting pitcher Allison Jordan for the Renegades from Shawnee would get plenty of support from the other nine players taking up positions on the field when they traveled to Triton in search of their second consecutive win. In a pitcher’s duel, Shawnee would pick up the only run they needed in the first inning and held off Triton by a 3-0 margin in an Olympic Conference Patriot Division game.

Triton’s Ashley Jimenez would be the starting pitcher and she would be in search of their third victory in four games. The Mustangs were looking to extend their winning streak to three game but they had to get by a determined Renegades squad. With a runner in scoring position during Shawnee’s first at bat, Jimenez would pitcher to Jordan who would come through with the run batted in single. From that point on, both pitchers would be able to rely on their defenses to keep them in this close game. Shawnee would chip away by scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings to defense a tough Triton team.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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