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Jim RiggioDarkness descended on the Hoover High...

Jim Riggio

Darkness descended on the Hoover High softball field a little earlier

than the Tornadoes would have liked Tuesday, as they hosted Burroughs

in a nonleague doubleheader.

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Hoover came within half and inning of sweeping the two games

against the Indians.

Hoover won the opening game, 6-5, in eight innings, as the contest

was decided on an international tie-breaker.

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In the second game, the Tornadoes led, 1-0, after four innings.

However, umpires called the game because of darkness, denying Hoover

the sweep.

“We had a bunch of mental lapses in the first game,” Hoover Coach

Kirt Kohlmeier said of his team, which committed three errors. “In

the second game, I thought our defense was excellent.”

Burroughs (7-4) trailed, 4-2, through six innings of the first

game, when it scored three times to take a one-run lead.

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Burroughs’ Val Rico hit a two-run triple that scored Margo Flynn

and Ryanne Hodgins.

But Hoover (9-3), which finished with 12 hits, rallied to tie the

game in the seventh. Linda Martinez scored on a single by Michelle

Summers to send the game into extra innings.

Hoover’s Anna Schnitger scored the game-winning run on a Burroughs

error.

“My kids weren’t at their best, and it was obvious,” Burroughs

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Coach Jennifer Gomez said. “They came out flat. We’ve been able to

put runs on the board, but unfortunately, they are finding ways to

score runs on us.”


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