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Miserable weather, good softball game

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By Jim Clark

When you're playing a competitive sport, sometimes a second chance can be all your team needs.

Freshman catcher Dayna Hunn laced a line drive triple over the right-fielder's head to drive in one run, then scored on a wild pitch as the Williston girls defeated Inverness Citrus, 2-1, last Thursday night.

Playing in the cold, wind and steady rain, the girls shook off the weather and put on an entertaining contest for the fans who braved the elements.

The heroics came in the fourth inning and struck as quickly as the lightning that had blasted the area earlier in the day.

With two outs, Heather Porter smashed a liner over the right-fielder for a triple.

Hunn was the next batter, and the lefty hitter hit a weak little floater down the third baseline. The fielders converged, the ball fell and Porter crossed the plate.

At first the umpires ruled that the ball had been touched and was a fair ball, allowing the run to score, but eventually they changed their decision and called it a foul ball.

It didn't matter.

On the next pitched Hunn hit one in almost the same spot as Porter's, and she raced around to third for the three-bagger that scored Porter with the first run of the game. A few pitches later she crossed the plate on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.

Mandy Lee also had a triple for Williston, coming in the third inning on a shot down the right-field line, but she was left stranded.

Pitcher Tori Stamper, staked to the two-run lead, had a no-hitter through four, but a walk, fielder's choice and stolen base put a runner on second in the top of the fifth.

From there, Brittany North singled to center for the only hit of the game for the Hurricanes (aptly named on this night), and she went to second on a wild throw to the plate.

But Stamper got the next batter to ground out to Crissy Rawls at short and the threat was over.

Earlier in the game Hunn had tagged out runner Jarie Reeder at the plate as she tried to score on an infield roller.

Alex McAfee was the hard-luck loser for Citrus as both pitchers threw strong complete games.

Williston is scheduled to entertain North Marion on Friday and P.K. Yonge on Tuesday.