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Fox Creek wins Class A District III championship

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 4:22pm

After struggling to plate runners over a six-inning stretch, all it took was an infield pop fly for Fox Creek’s softball team to take the win.

The Lady Predators survived a barrage of hits to beat Whitmire 4-3 in nine innings May 7 at Riverview Park.

With the win, Fox Creek clinched the Class A District III championship for the third consecutive year.

With the teams tied in the ninth, Fox Creek’s Harley Muniz hit an infield fly ball that was dropped, allowing the baserunner on third to score the winning run.

Fox Creek (20-6) was outhit 15-5, but Whitmire left 15 runners on base, including having the bases loaded twice. The Lady Wolverines left at least one runner in scoring position in seven of nine innings.

“Whitmire is gutsy. They wouldn’t quit, they wouldn’t go away, they kept coming back,” Fox Creek coach David Bell said. “I was just glad (Fox Creek) fought through it and didn’t quit. I was happy with that.”

Fox Creek starter Jada Simpson fought through an illness to pitch the complete game.

“She’s not feeling good and still sucks it up and goes,” Bell said. “She’s one of those kinds of kids. You’ve got to love her.”

Fox Creek scored three early runs over the first two innings, two on a double by Simpson and a single by Emily Lingerfelt.

Whitmire (10-1) got one back in the second on an error, and it picked up a second run in the fifth on a single by Megan Owens. Whitmire scored the tying run in the sixth on a single by Zaviea Sanders.

Fox Creek had only one hit after the second inning, but strong pitching and defense in tight situations kept the Predators alive.

“The trick is, can you win a ballgame when the ball isn’t bouncing right, and we scratched out one today,” Bell said.

Lingerfelt was the lone Predator with two hits, going 2 for 3. Simpson and Christy Buist recorded the two extra-base hits for Fox Creek, both doubles.

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