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Shaler softball rallies past Fox Chapel

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In the first meeting with Fox Chapel, the Shaler softball team piled up the runs in a 9-3 win. The Lady Foxes proved to be a little tougher early on the second time around. But for Shaler, the key was patience at the plate, something that warranted a little conversation after trailing, 1-0, after three innings.

“We were not patient at the plate,” Shaler coach Skip Palmer said. “So we had a little discussion, led by me … and we became patient.”

What Palmer essentially had his hitters do is let the first pitch go. He felt they were swinging too early and as a result hitting high fly-backs and popping it up to the infield.

“I have never seen (coach) Palmer so fired up,” senior shortstop Maddi Mulig said. “Their pitcher was throwing slow, and that was tough for us to adjust to. We basically had to take a strike, and we got nine runs off of that.”

The hit parade began with a solo shot from freshman pitcher Brianna Dobson to tie the score. After that, Racheal Nyman singled, and Haley Stedeford and Kristen Rost each drew a walk. Facing two outs, sophomore Haley Dengler gave the Lady Titans the lead for good with a two-run single.

“I was having some trouble and looking for a ball to hit,” Dengler said. “My team gave me confidence, and without them, we wouldn't have gotten the runs we needed.”

Mulig followed that with a two-run single.

Shaler had another big inning in the bottom of the sixth thanks to RBI from A.J. Nichols, Dobson and Nyman.

With the win, Shaler improved to 9-1 and as of press time sat atop Section 3, Class AAAA.

Shaler has a couple of nonsection games coming up at Erie McDowell at noon on April 27, followed up by a game at Hempfield at 4 p.m. on April 29 before resuming section play against Pine-Richland at 3:30 p.m. at Hilltop Field on May 1.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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