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SOFTBALL: Perkins' Daniel leads Pirates over Sandusky, New London

SANDUSKY - A day after she struck out 15 batters, Darcy Daniel did one better Saturday. Staff
Aug 25, 2010

SANDUSKY — A day after she struck out 15 batters, Darcy Daniel did one better Saturday.

Daniel struck out 16 and Perkins limited Sandusky to two hits in a 3-0 win in the first of two games for the Blue Streaks at Dorn Park.

In the second game of the afternoon, Ashley Gilbert fanned seven batters and Sandusky reversed its fortune with a 3-0 win against New London. 

Daniel added eight strikeouts in Perkins’ 5-2 victory against New London in the third game. The Wildcats’ runs were the first allowed by Daniel and the Pirates (4-0) this season.

Daniel, who pitched her third two-hit shutout of the week, issued just one walk in the opener. 

Kelsey Yaratch singled twice for Perkins, which took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Cecily Bradley walked and went to second on a passed ball, and Yaratch singled to score Bradley and the 1-0 lead.

“They got people on, and they got the hits when they needed them,” Sandusky coach Tom Garard said. “When they had the chance, they capitalized.”

The Pirates added two more in the fourth inning. Molly Wilson singled and took second base on a wild pitch, then Samantha Schoewe singled her home.

Katie Ricci doubled to score Schoewe for the game’s third run.

Gilbert struck out 10 Pirates and allowed seven hits and a walk for Sandusky, which is 3-1. 

In the second game, Gilbert went all seven innings against New London and struck out seven. Wise went six innings with 10 strikeouts and six walks, allowing two earned runs for New London.

Sandusky scored twice in the bottom of the first as Courtney Chaney, 2-for-3 with two RBIs, singled Maurisha Brown and Anissa Hunter.

Hunter was 2-for-3 with and scored twice against the Wildcats. She reached on an error in the third and Gilbert singled to move Hunter to third. Brown drove her in for a 3-0 lead.

“Were still young, (and) it’s still early. The pitchers are still ahead but its going to come around,” Garard said. “It’s a work in progress, (and) we’ve got three freshmen.

“I’ve got total confidence they’ll play as a team.”

The Pirates had 10 hits and New London committed eight errors in their game, and Bonnie Fitzpatrick had three hits for Perkins while Lanie McCune and Yaratch added two each.

Shannon Matso scored on a single by Molly Wilson for a 4-0 advantage. Fitzpatrick singled in Kelsey Vaughn for the Pirates’ final run in the seventh.

Daniel, who walked four batters, gave up her first earned run of the season in her 13th inning of the day.