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Sandusky splits doubleheader in Florida

Fandy.com Staff • Apr 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

In 93-degree heat in Florida, the Blue Streaks split a pair of spring break games Wednesday before they return today to cloudy and overcast Ohio.

Sandusky scored seven runs in the five and sixth innings in the first game against Liverpool (N.Y.) as pitcher Ashley Gilbert threw a complete game in the 8-2 win.

Every player in the lineup got a hit in Game 1, led by Caroline Estel's 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

In Game 2, Willoughby South, located east of Cleveland, scored a five-inning win, 16-3.

Gilbert was injured sliding into third base during Game 2, so Kelsey Peters came on to pitch for the first time this year.

In the win against Liverpool, Gilbert pitched seven innings and struck out 10 batters and walked one. Both runs she allowed were unearned.

Aside from Estel's three hits, Bailey Smith had a pair of hits for the Blue Streaks (8-6), while Sara Sidoti and Gilbert both drive in two runs each. Peters and Courtney Chaney both added one RBI and one hit.

"We were hitting the ball and when we have positive energy, we're a pretty good offensive team," Sandusky coach Tom Garard said. "We get runners in scoring position, and we get and error or a base hit. Things came together for us."

Liverpool was a New York state champion last spring, Garard said.

Sandusky couldn't repeat the performance in its afternoon game, which went five innings.

"The second game clearly wasn't who were are. Kelsey doesn't have a lot of innings, and we needed to get her some innings," Garard said. "It was hot and I think she was nervous. Once you start walking people it's tough to get back into that groove."

Peters (0-1) walked 10 and hit three batters, and Willoughby South scored 16 runs on six hits.

"We had to rely on Kelsey and our sticks. Once we got down, 93 degrees and second game of the day -- they got down and didn't finish is what happened," Garard said. "Were not upset about it, we know it's not us. It was tough game for them. It's a wake-up call. We can learn from it, I hope."

Sandusky had four singles in the game, as Gilbert, Peters and Chaney scored three runs in the first inning.

Garard also said the Streaks are making too many errors -- about two a game, he estimated -- and need to reduce those errors in the second half of the season.

Sandusky finished up the break with a 2-1 record after beating Churchville Chili, N.Y., 8-1 on Monday. The Blue Streaks will play a Greater Buckeye Conference game on Friday at Lima Senior.

Liverpool 100 001 0 -- 2 7 3

Sandusky 001 034 X -- 8 13 3

WP: Ashley Gilbert (8-5); LP: Emma Hutt

2B: (S) Caroline Estel; (L) Stoddard

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