Sunday, May 27, 2001

Hamilton wins regional softball

Ross game postponed to Monday

        Hamilton advanced to the state softball final four for the first time since 1987 with a 5-3 win over McAuley Saturday in the Division I regional finals at the University of Dayton.

        Hamilton put away the game in the fourth inning. Brandi Jones led off the inning with a triple and Jair Short followed with a walk, then Katie Halcomb hit into a fielder's choice that scored Jones, but McAuley failed to get an out on the play.

        Hamilton brought in pinch runners Dani Ping at second base and Kassie Erickson at third. On a wild pitch, Ping slid into home plate and the ball hit her in the face and rolled into the dugout, allowing two runs to score.

        “We've been playing tough teams lately,” Hamilton coach Steve Heckman said. “We haven't been scoring much lately and D.J. DeLong got us started in the first inning with a leadoff double and made some key defensive plays for us.”

        Hamilton's next opponent will be decided by two other regional games. The winner of the game between Elyria and Parma Heights Holy Name will play Whitehouse Anthony Wayne, with the winner advancing to play Hamilton at 10a.m. Thursday at Ashland.

        Hamilton ....... 101  300  0—5  6  1

        McAuley ....... 101  100  0—3  4  1

        WP—Halcomb. LP—Cox. Hitting leaders: H—DeLong 2B, 2R; Jones 3B. M—Miller 2B. Records: H 24-8, M 21-7.

        • The Division II regional championship game between Ross and Benjamin Logan was rained out Saturday. It has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Clayton Northmont.


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