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Errors spell doom for Mustangs

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Kingsley-Pierson scored the winning run here Saturday night on a squeeze bunt play in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Newell-Fonda softball team 4-3, ending the Mustangs' season in the regional semifinals.

Newell-Fonda held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Mustangs led K-P back in the game with four errors.

The Mustangs had scored one run in the third and two in the fifth. But aided by three errors, K-P scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at three.

The Mustangs couldn't score in the top of the seventh.

According to N-F coach Dick Jungers, K-P's leadoff hitter in the bottom of the seventh reached on an error and was sacrificed over to second. The next K-P hitter singled to advance the runner to third and then came the squeeze play that won the game.

"We had our squeeze defense on, and we thought we had the runner thrown out at home, but it was not to be," Jungers said. "We had a tremendous season, and I am very pleased with the efforts of our girls."

With the loss, the Mustangs' season ended with a 27-8 record.

Newell-Fonda righthander Hanna Reis was the hard-luck mound loser, giving up just one earned run on seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Offensively for N-F, Destiny Sievers was 3 for 4 with two runs-scored, while Alicia Tiedeman was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI-triple. Ashley Loos ended her Newell-Fonda athletic career by going 3 for 3 with a two-run double.

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