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Blue Streaks take Sandusky with win over St. Mary

Fandy.com Staff • Apr 8, 2011 at 5:22 AM

St. Mary Central Catholic softball stabilized after a first-inning flurry of errors against Sandusky, but the damage had been done.

Sandusky (3-3) scored four unearned runs in the first inning thanks to errors and stray pitches. The Panthers (2-3) played close to even with the Blue Streaks the rest of the way in a 7-2 loss Thursday at Dorn Park.

"Bragging rights for the community is a good thing to have, and also for the friendly rivalries," Sandusky coach Tom Garard said. "Some of the girls from St. Mary play for me in the fall, so we know each other, but it's a good thing to have those bragging rights.

"We try to play every year. This year we gave up Margaretta and Huron and Edison, but we like to keep the crosstown rivalries for the community's sake."

Sandusky's Ashley Gilbert no-hit the Panthers through five innings. She struck out 13 and walked two in the win.

Jena Meggitt was 3 for 3 with a double and a run scored to lead the Sandusky offense. Ashley Gilbert was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

St. Mary's Taylor Hodgkinson earned both RBIs with a sixth-inning single that drove in Hannah Snow and Brooke Durnwald.

"I was very proud of the way that we bounced back from our rough start," Panthers coach Julie Myers said. "Offensively, Brooke Durnwald's hit gave us the spark that we needed to put some runs on the board."

The Panthers' Jorden Edinger allowed seven runs -- only one earned -- while allowing seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

The game took place at St. Mary's home at the park, which both teams call home, due to conditions on Sandusky's infield.

Sandusky is scheduled to host Napoleon in their first Greater Buckeye Conference matchup today. The game could suffer the same fate as their tilt scheduled earlier this season at Lima Senior, canceled by rain.

SMCC 000 002 0 -- 2 4 4

Sand 400 210 0 -- 7 9 1

WP: Gilbert (3-3); LP: Jorden Edinger (2-3).

2B: Sandusky 1 (Meggitt)

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