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July 12, 2013

Sigourney holds off Montezuma in playoff opener

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“We have enough speed throughout the line-up that we look to run whenever we can,” said Streigle.

Sigourney went up 5-2 in the fifth. Ohland had her second hit with one out — she would again come around to score on a wild pitch.

“I have always hit in the lead-off spot so I don’t let there be any added pressure because I’m leading off,” said Ohland. “I’m always just trying to get on base, and I think my season has been pretty successful.”

Carter followed with a hit for two runners on, and after Ohland scored on the wild pitch, pinch runner Stacy Mohr stole home when the Bravettes tried to get a runner going to second.

Carter, who had at least one strikeout in every inning, again struck out the side in the Montezuma sixth.

“I look for strikeouts because that is a way that I can best contribute to my team,” said Carter. “I’m glad I was able to get some all the way through the game.”

Sierra Davis’ leadoff single in the Sigourney sixth turned into a run and a 6-2 lead as she scored on a wild pitch.

Then came the scary seventh for the Savages. Carter’s 13th strikeout opened the inning, but then the next five Bravettes reached base. Back-to-back one-out singles were followed by Colleen Johnston’s RBI double, and the lead was 6-3. A Savage error then allowed two runs to score, and the lead was cut to one. Another Montezuma hit put runners at first and second but Carter would induce a ground ball out before recording her 14th strikeout to end it.

“This is a loose, confident group and even if this wasn’t the prettiest of wins – we’ll take it and be ready Friday night,” said Streigle.

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