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Kulick throws shutout in return

| Tuesday, March 25, 2003

O'HARA TWP: It had been almost two years since Leechburg pitcher Jen Kulick took the mound for a regular-season game. But there she was in the center of the diamond facing Fox Chapel in the Lady Blue Devils' opener.

Despite missing all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, she barely missed a beat.

Kulick threw seven scoreless innings as Class A Leechburg (1-0) got off to a winning start with a 6-0 victory over the Class AAA Lady Foxes.

"I don't feel very different right now because I already threw two scrimmages," Kulick said. "The first scrimmage I threw, it was a rush, a complete rush because I haven't played for so long. I live for softball, and it was just amazing to be out there."

Kulick threw a total of 84 pitches, 60 of which went for strikes. She struck out four and surrendered just three hits.

"She has a ways to go yet, but she's throwing well," Leechburg head coach Jim Oberdorf said. "I was pleased with the way she was hitting her spots most of the time."

Kulick and Emily Sprankle had two hits apiece, while Rachel Solomon and Melissa Geer collected two RBI. Maggie Jones tripled.

Leechburg 001 000 5 -- 6 10 3.

Fox Chapel 000 000 0 -- 0 2 1.

WP: Jen Kulick (1-0). LP: Zivic.

2B: L: Kellie Thomas, Amie Klingensmith. FC: Wilher. 3B: L: Maggie Jones.

Records: L: 1-0.

Next games: Leechburg at Kiski Area, 4 p.m. Thursday.

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