Lady 'Dogs stifle Tri-Cities

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR Correspondent

   Trying to grab a Tiger by the tail is virtually impossible, but attempting to grab a Bulldog by its tail is even more so.
   Tri-Cities Christian found it out the hard way on Friday as they were bitten by Hampton in an 8-0 final on the Lady Bulldog diamond.
   Freshman pitcher Heather Chambers took to the mound, only giving up two hits for the entire game.
   "Heather Chambers pitched a really good game for us." said Hampton coach Pat Kelley. "She got herself in the hole a couple of times, but was able to battle her way back out of it."
   A shot from Mary Hayes in the third and Becky Waruszeus in the sixth was all the offense that Tri-Cities Christian could come up with.
   "Heather has cut down on the amount of walks, and been able to keep her head in it to get out of trouble," said Kelley.
   It was scoreless through the first inning of play, as neither team was able to cash in a run.
   "We had a slow start by getting people on base, but in the third inning things started to come together, and this was a good win for us," said Kelley.
   It looked as if Tri-Cities Christian might strike first with bases loaded off of three walks, but the Hampton defense turned them away.
   The Bulldogs first score came in the second inning, when a single from Michelle Oaks drove home Stacey McCall.
   Two more runs were added in the third frame, as Wendy Hyatt and Heather Chambers crossed the plate.
   "We were aggressive today once we got ourselves on the bases," said Kelley.
   The Dogs continued to stretch their margin in the fourth, after a single from Melissa Norris brought in McCall.
   Hampton had built a 5-0 advantage by the end of the fourth frame with no signs of slowing down.
   In the sixth frame, Hampton added three more scores by executing four hits.
   The last two scores came, when Joy Gardner knocked a double to drive in Norris and Chambers.
   "We made some mistakes on defense today, but in the later part of the game we was able to pull things together," said Kelley.