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ERIE – Frederick’s Savannah Hall wanted to make up for a lost at-bat.
“I wanted to redeem myself. I struck out looking the first time I was at bat,” she said. “Good batters go up there, and they answer. That’s what I wanted to do. I just wanted to hit the ball. I wasn’t looking to do anything big. I cleared it, so I was pretty happy.”
Her grand-slam home run to center field sent the fifth-rated Warriors on their way to a 6-0 win at top-rated Erie Aug. 23.
“It was supposed to be a rise ball, but she missed it,” Hall said. “I saw it and hit it.”
Alicia Hernandez made a sizable contribution to the win, too. She struck out 10 and scattered seven hits. She allowed two runners to reach base twice -- in the second and seventh innings.
“My rise ball was working, and my drop ball and screw ball,” Hernandez said. “A couple of times, my change-up was doing well. Hannah (catcher Hannah Ellis) was digging them out for me and doing a good job. I was trying to get on top of the batters, trying to get the first-pitch strikes.”
“We got up there and weren’t intimidated by their pitching. We got 10 hits against a very good pitcher,” FHS coach Roger Dufour said. “We were a little shaky at the end. But they gathered themselves and got out of the seventh inning. And I was impressed with Alicia’s pitching. To get a shutout against Erie is virtually impossible.”
Hernandez struck out seven and allowed two hits against Mead Aug. 21. FHS won 5-0. She pitched the first six innings of the Warriors’ 6-5 win over Windsor Aug. 19. Mae Mitchell had the tying home run in the sixth inning and the game-winning RBI in the seventh.
“I’m excited. It’s the first time we’ve won against Erie in a long time,” Hernandez said. “It was a good win. It was a pretty big win. We’re excited. It was great.”
“We’re confident going into the rest of the year,” Hall said. “This was the best game (Erie) that we are going to see early in the year.”
Dufour said the Warriors’ goal is the state 4A title game in mid-October.
“We’ve been preaching to the girls to believe in each other and be confident,” Dufour said. “Deep down, we feel like we’re a very good team. We proved that today (against Erie). We have a talented team.”
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