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Nicole Allport of the Park Hotel Colts lays down a bunt in the first inning against the A's Lasers in Game 3 of final playoff action in Senior Women's Fastball League action on Wednesday evening at Caribou Heights Field. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
One good inning allowed the Park Hotel Colts take control of their best-of-five series with the A’s Lasers.
The Colts took a 2-0 series lead with a 11-7 victory over the Lasers in Senior Women’s Fastball League playoff action on Wednesday evening at Caribou Heights.
“We had one bad inning,” said Doug Wasser, head coach of the Lasers. “We had a chat after that and came back to make it a close game.”
With eight errors in the game for the Lasers, the more experienced Colts team were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes to extend innings.
“We just capitalized on some errors and had some good base running,” said Deana Kempel of the Colts. “We had some good timely hits.”
Nicole Allport was strong in the leadoff position for the Colts, going three-for-five with a run batted in and Mel Hopkinson went three-for-four and three RBIs.
The Colts scored three runs in the first inning, but the Lasers matched those runs. After allowing 11 runs through five innings, the Lasers shut the Colts down in the final two innings.
“If we can get up on them early and take them out early in the innings, that is going to huge for our team,” said Kempel.
The Lasers scored two runs in the fourth and another two in the sixth in an amount to mount a comeback, but it just wasn’t enough. Leadoff batter Chanelle Mitchell started the game off with a triple and went three-for-four on the night.
“Our defence came out and had a couple good innings,” said Kempel. “With the Lasers, they are good hitters. We can’t afford to have any errors and when we do have errors, that’s when they will score runs because they are good hitters on top of that.”
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