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Frazier softball upends Serra Catholic

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 8:45 p.m.

Maybe Serra Catholic will find a way to avoid that one big inning that always seems to plague it when the team plays Frazier.

It wouldn't hurt the Eagles' chances to see the last of Commodores senior shortstop Alexis Livingstone, either.

Livingstone hit two doubles, drove in two runs, scored twice and was solid defensively as she helped Frazier (5-1, 4-1) pull out an 8-2 victory over Serra Catholic (5-2, 4-2) on Tuesday in the first of their two Section 2-A matchups.

“We played outstanding defense, and I thought our shortstop played a great game,” Frazier coach Paul Harvey said. “Those were some great plays, and we came up with some big hits.”

Livingstone started two of the team's three double plays and also cut down Serra Catholic baserunner Nicole Jezerski at third in the second inning when she tried to stretch a double into a triple.

“The shortstop, Livingstone, killed me,” Serra Catholic coach Mike Elko said. “She made a double play by herself, and (on the Jezerski double) the girl bobbles the ball all the way out in the outfield and she makes an unbelievable (relay) throw. Anybody would have sent her. I don't care if you were in the stands — you would have sent her.”

It didn't help that Frazier made Serra Catholic pay for every one of its mistakes.

Trailing, 1-0, in the bottom of the first, Frazier led off with a single. On the ensuing sacrifice bunt, the player covering first dropped the ball and all runners were safe. After a walk loaded the bases, Livingstone hit a ground-rule double to left that gave Frazier a 2-1 lead. Kelsey Halp drilled an 0-2 pitch from Eagles starter Samantha Andrekanic into the left-center gap for another two-run double and a 4-1 lead.

“Maybe they all just decided to have their bad game,” Elko quipped. “I don't know what it is, but whenever we play Frazier we're always in the game and we have a ‘collapse' inning, and this time it was the first.”

Serra Catholic had one opportunity to have a big inning. Instead, a confusing turn of events led to a double play and took the fight out of the Eagles.

Serra Catholic loaded the bases in the top of the third, and cleanup hitter Amy McNeill hit a popup between the pitcher and catcher. The home plate umpire immediately called the infield fly rule, despite the fact the play wasn't necessarily as routine as the rule stipulates. Frazier pitcher Andrea Lash had to dive for the ball and knocked it back toward the plate with her glove after it bounced in the infield.

Hayley Havrilla, who hit a leadoff double and scored Serra Catholic's first run, bolted for the plate. As fate would have it, the ball rolled right to Holp, the catcher.

She applied the tag and completed the first of the Commodores' three double plays.

It was nearly a triple play. Anna Quattrone, who was on first, nearly got hung up between first and second before making it back to first.

“It kills you when you have the bases loaded and no outs. That's a goofy kind of infield fly rule, and I couldn't even see where the ball landed because I was blinded there,” Elko said. “That cost us at least two runs, if not more, because we were going through the order very nicely right there.”

Keith Barnes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at kbarnes@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KBarnes_Trib.

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