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Lady Kat helps hurl East into record books

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Sports Editor

For Melinda Guffey, it was like a return to old stomping grounds.

For Kristen Teague, it was participating in a part of history.

Viola's Guffey and Melbourne's Teague took the field at LadyBack Yard in Fayetteville June 16 as members of the East Girls' Softball All-Stars, squaring off against the West All-Stars in double-header action, part of the 49th Tyson/Wal-Mart All-Star Classic.

The two sides split victories on the evening, with the East winning 1-0 in game one, while the West rebounded to take the nightcap 5-3.

All-Star Classic history was made in game one, as four East pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter for the first time, as the East blanked the West 1-zip.

Teague, named the 2AA-North Conference's Outstanding Pitcher this year, worked a perfect fifth and sixth inning in the game-one win, getting five groundouts and one fly-ball out during her time on the mound.

"I'm really not a strikeout pitcher," said Teague, a three-time All-Conference and All-Regional performer for the Lady Bearkatz. "I knew I had to keep the ball low and not down the middle of the plate." Teague, named Class AA All-State the last two years, logged one no-hitter during her days at Melbourne.

The West squad could manage only a pair of baserunners in the contest, one on a walk, and one on a fielding error.

Cabot's Alice Shipp tossed the first two innings, Mallory Wilson from Rivercrest, named the East's Most Outstanding Player, went two innings, followed by Teague and Gillett's Jonna Howell.

As a member of the Class A runner-up Viola Lady Longhorns, Guffey took the field at LadyBack Yard for the second time inside of a month as she came off the bench in game one to play left field.

At the plate, Teague and Guffey combined to go 0-for-three in the two games.

Guffey started in game two, as the West took revenge by knocking off the East 5-3 behind the MVP performance of Texarkana's Dayna Huckabee. Huckabee tossed three scoreless innings, and scored a run in the West's victory.

Teague came off the bench in the seventh and went 0-1 at the plate.

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