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East Bay records needed victory


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GIBSONTON — After losing three of four scheduled games at a tournament in Clearwater during spring break, East Bay High’s softball team was in need of a victory.

And on Tuesday, the Indians caught a few breaks in a 5-4 walk-off win against Newsome.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, senior courtesy runner Hannah Heatherley scored the winning run from third base on an infield error.

Freshman Hannah Perez hit a ground ball that was bobbled, and Heatherley advanced to third on an infield throwing error by Newsome.

“That definitely was a big break,” East Bay coach Glenn Rodriguez said.

Newsome tied the game at 4 in the top of the seventh when sophomore Hannah Pridemore hit a two-run double with two outs. Pridemore tried to score from second on a single from Claire Feldman but could not beat the throw to home plate from the outfield.

Senior Taylor Baker had 11 strikeouts in the win and hit a three-run double in the second inning to give East Bay (7-6) a 4-1 lead.

“I was thinking I had to throw strikes and lean on my defense,” Baker said.

Baker struck out the first two batters faced in the top of the eighth and forced a pop fly to give her team a chance to win.

“I thought she threw well,” Rodriguez said. “Her curve ball worked well tonight.”

Liv Chandler kept the Wolves (5-4) in the game early on with a RBI double and solo home run.

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