SYLVAN HILLS SOFTBALL | Bears take control of conference

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Sylvan Hills pitcher Michelle Sorensen Chad Matchett photo

The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears took control of the 5A-Central conference last week with a pair of wins over the Lady Red Devils at Jacksonville’s Dupree Park.

The Lady Bears just edged the Lady Devils 2-1 in the opening game, and then took home a shutout 2-0 win in the nightcap.

The first game could have gone differently if not for catcher Cara Pozza gunning down a would-be thief in the fourth inning.

Sylvan Hills took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Maddison Shelton worked a leadoff walk, stole second, and then scored after a pair of grounders.

Jacksonville tied the game in the fourth, and could have done more if not for Pozza throwing out the speedy Zylah Richardson after she reached on a single.

A walk and back-to-back hits followed as the Lady Devils tied the game 1-1.

Sylvan Hills came back the next inning to take the lead for good. With two outs, Michelle Sorensen tripled to right, and then scored on an RBI single from Callie Cavender.

Sorensen got the win in the circle for the Lady Bears, finishing with 10 strikeouts, while also going three for four at the plate.

In the second game, Sorensen was just as dominant. She fanned nine while walking just one and giving up four hits.

Sylvan Hills scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the first inning. Sorensen led off the inning with a walk, and then later scored on a two-out single by Pozza.

Pozza was at it again in the third inning when she picked up an insurance RBI for the Lady Bears. Ashley Broadway worked a walk and came around to score on a single to right by Pozza to set the final score.

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