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June 20, 2013

Albia HRs down No. 15 Rockets

EDDYVILLE — Sydney Weldon hit the game's first pitch out of the park for a quick 1-0 Albia lead.

Winning pitcher Lexie Van Polen added a three-run bomb in the third to close out the Lady Dee scoring.

It would be enough, as the 15th-ranked (2A) E-B-F Rockets would be held to two runs by the solid pitching performance by Van Polen in SCC softball action Monday night in Eddyville. Albia snapped E-B-F's 11-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Monday night in Eddyville.

After Weldon's lead-off home run to deep centerfield, the Lady Dees were retired in order to end the visitors' first.

"I told myself that if the first pitch was a strike, I was going for it," said Weldon. "What an awesome feeling to start the game like that."

The Rockets threatened to tie it in the home first, but a Lady Dee error and Tasha Alexander's triple were wasted as a base running error killed the inning.

The Rockets did tie it in the second. Jarrah Jensen led off with a single and pinch runner Ashley Pilcher would come around to score on a hit by Shelby Allgood.

Albia used a one out rally to score the game winners in the third. Weldon had her second hit, a single, and Makenzie Griffin followed with a single before Van Polen homered to left center.

"We're not really built on using the long ball," said Albia coach Mitch Chance. "Tonight, though, our girls had the best, aggressive approach at the plate that I've seen us have in a long time."

E-B-F added a single run in the bottom of the inning. Jensen had a two-out single, followed by one from Rachel Maloy. Sadie Baugher would deliver the run with an RBI single.

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