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Prep softball: Sunlake bounces back against Pasco

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:05 PM
LAND O' LAKES -

Sunlake, and Stephanie Frances, got revenge.

Tied at 3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Frances hit a walk-off RBI single to give the Seahawks a 4-3 win against Pasco on Tuesday night, avenging an 11-1 embarrassment the Pirates handed Sunlake last month.

"That's the first thing I was thinking - not this all over again," Frances said, referring to when she hit a game-winning two-RBI single to beat district rival River Ridge last month. "I just go out with the mentality that I have nothing to lose when (I'm having a bad night at the plate) and just put my best swing on it."

"She wanted (that at-bat) as bad as anyone else," Sunlake coach Jami Finan added. "She has the playmaker mentality and knows how to get it done."

Frances, a sophomore in her first game in 11 days since injuring her hamstring, was 0-for-3 with a strikeout on the night, as Pirates starter Courtney Brandt was lights out, striking out nine, while giving up only two runs until the seventh. Those came on a illegal pitch by Brandt and an RBI single by shortstop Alex Rodgers in the fifth. Leftfielder Courtney Durbin had a RBI double to bring in Rogers to tie the game in the seventh

This coming after the Pirates (19-5) built a 3-0 lead off starter Tyler Riendeau, who lasted three innings and then was replaced by Megan Durbin, who pitched four shutout innings. "(Durbin's) a little bit slower and smart teams will do that," Pirates coach Lisa Herndon said. "We'll see how we bounce back (tonight against River Ridge)."

Riendeau is battling bicep soreness, so Finan pulled her to save her for next week's district tournament, where Sunlake will be top-seeded.

"Tyler was upset with herself, obviously, but we needed to save her because, honestly, next week is more important than this week," Finan said.

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