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Winning streaks nothing new to Lady Hounds

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Sports Editor

Coach Eric Chambers and the Salem Lady Greyhounds could write a book on winning streaks this year.

After his hardwood Lady Hounds reeled off a 12-game unbeaten streak, including titles in the district and regional tournaments, Chambers' softball has one-upped that streak.

With a 4-3 win over the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz April 21 in the finals of the 2AA-North District Tournament at Salem, the Lady Greyhounds ran their record to 14-3, and are unbeaten in their last 13 games.

The victory over Melbourne gave the Lady Hounds their second straight district tourney crown, and both teams advanced to the regional tournament in Brockwell.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Salem rallied for the win with two runs in the frame.

After Carrie Johnson reached base on a Lady Bearkatz error, Tabitha Hall brought her home with an RBI-hit to tie the game.

Reaching second on Melbourne's fifth and final error of the contest, Hall was replaced with courtesy runner Audrey Bost.

Bost made good use of her wheels by stealing third before coming home on a bunt by Lairen Hall to score the game-winning run.

Cassi Hickinbotham recorded the win for Salem by fanning five, while giving five hits and no walks.

Hickinbotham also picked up the win in Salem's 12-2 victory over ICC in the semi-finals April 20.

Hickinbotham struck out seven Lady Cougars, while allowing five hits and two walks.

The Lady Greyhounds exploded for eight runs over the course of the last three innings for the win.

Despite the games' outcome, the Lady Cougars also advanced to the regional tournament on their home field in Brockwell.

ICC made it to the semi-final round by blasting Calico Rock 17-2 April 19.

The Lady Cougs put the game away from the start by scoring 13 runs in the first two innings. Mandy Haney led the ICC charge by going two-for-two at the plate in the run-rule win.

With a big seven-run third inning, the Lady Bearkatz knocked off Sloan-Hendrix 11-4 in the semis April 20.

Kristen Teague had a huge afternoon for Melbourne.

She picked up the win on the mound by fanning 12, and at the plate she went two-for-two, including a homer and double.

Teague also picked up the win in Melbourne's 15-0 blanking of the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears April 19.

In addition to Teague's six strikeouts, she also slammed a three-run round-tripper in the contest.



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