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Lady Lions win in extra innings
   Loogootee came through with a sweet, 2-1 nine-inning victory against the host Washington Lady Hatchets last Friday evening.  The game was mostly a pitcher’s duel between WHS’s freshman, Madi Heacock, who went the distance in the circle and junior righty Rebecca Craney of Loogootee.  Ironically, though, it was another freshman, Jennifer Clark, who garnered her first win by throwing two innings of scoreless relief.  
  The visitors got on top right away with a two-out run in the first frame.  Breann Truelove’s base hit, subsequent pinch runner Addison Dant’s stolen base, and clean-up hitter Jaclyn Padgett’s sharp single to center sending Dant plateward put the local black-and-gold in front.  
  The Hatchets would not respond until the bottom of the seventh when they tied the contest.  A bases-loaded wild pitch with two outs cost Craney the complete game shutout.  However, her fine fielding play with the catcher Truelove tagging the possible game-winning run out at home, kept LHS alive.  
  Neither team threatened in the eighth, but Loogootee got a lead-off single from Allyson Arvin to begin the rally in the ninth.  Jaclyn Padgett, re-entered to run for Arvin, and scooted to second base on a catcher passed ball.  Blake Walker’s sac bunt moved Padgett to third.  Padgett slid into home on Allie Schultheis’ RBI sac fly that ultimately was the difference in the game.  Clark pitched around a lead-off safety by inducing a ground out, pop out, and whiff to help raise Loogootee’s slate to 3-2 overall.
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