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Softball: Chamberlain blanks Gaither

Nick Williams The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 09:05 AM

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For the second time in a week, timely hitting and solid defense were the key ingredients to a Chamberlain softball victory in a district road game.

The Chiefs (3-2) scored six runs off nine hits, and freshman pitcher Amber Fullwood (2-0) allowed three hits to shut out Class 5A-District 9 rival Gaither, 7-0.

"We had timely hitting and Amber (allowed) nothing but ground balls," Chamberlain coach Bob Diez said. "I'm proud of them. They're doing a great job."

Last week, Chamberlain defeated district opponent Sickles, 5-2, for its first win of the season.

"We're a young team," Diez said. "Every game has got to be a positive for them."

Sophomore shortstop Bianka Bell hit a two-run homer over the center-field fence in the third to give Chamberlain a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, freshman Lindsey Hagberg and sophomores Jennie Cook and Madison Gonzalez hit run-scoring singles to spark a four-run inning.

Gaither left seven runners on base.

"We didn't make adjustments at the plate," Gaither coach Al Alcala said. "We pulled everything instead of sitting back. (Defensively) they made every play. Everything infield from the left side, they made it. (Fullwood) threw nothing but curve balls."

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