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April 17, 2014

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NEW CASTLE — The Laurel High softball team found a way capture a pair of WPIAL Section 5-AA victories yesterday.

The Lady Spartans pulled out a 2-1 decision in the opener and hung on for a 4-3 verdict in the nightcap.

The opener was a regularly scheduled game, while the second contest was the completion of a suspended matchup from earlier in the season at Beaver Falls.

Laurel (6-2 section, 6-2 overall) pushed its winning streak to six games with the sweep, taking a firm hold of the third and final playoff position in the section. Beaver (7-0, 7-0) paces the section and Riverside (4-1, 4-1) is in second. New Brighton (3-4, 5-5) is a distance fourth.

The games were played at Laurel, with the Lady Spartans being the home team in the opener, and the visitor in the nightcap.

Rachael Baker’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh plated Delaney Baumis with the winning run in the first game.

Baker had two of the Lady Spartans’ four hits and drove in both runs.

Beaver Falls scored a run in the top of the first and Laurel countered with a tally in the second and another in the seventh.

Kristan Fedrizzi went the distance to earn the win. Fedrizzi allowed four hits and an earned run with four strikeouts and four walks.

The second game was the completion of a suspended game. The game was stopped on the Lady Tigers’ field earlier in the season with no score in the bottom of the third.

Laurel worked out of a jam in the second game to preserve the win. Beaver Falls (2-5, 2--5) had two runners with no outs, but Fedrizzi got the next three batters to notch the win.

Makenna Natale paced Laurel with three of the team’s seven hits.

Fedrizzi (4-2) started and pitched six innings both as a starter and reliever. She allowed three hits and two runs — one earned run — with three walks and four strikeouts.

Natale relieved for the sixth inning and the first two batters of the seventh inning. She didn’t record an out in the seventh.

“This feels good,” Laurel coach Lori Krol said of the sweep. “The girls are playing so hard and so well; they never gave up.

“We made stuff happen in the first game. You have to keep the confidence. The girls are believing they’re good. Their confidence is good and that’s good to see. It’s not just two or three girls. It’s the whole lineup. All 13 girls are contributing to it.”

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