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Lechenette's grand slam seals win for Portageville

Friday, May 13, 2005

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Portageville's Deanne Deere
SENATH -- Two-out magic! The Portageville Lady Bulldogs put on a two-out hitting performance in the semifinals of the Bootheel Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Senath Softball Complex.

The top-seeded Lady Bulldogs rallied for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to defeat the upstart Senath-Hornersville Lady Lions 10-0 in a five-inning affair.

The Lady Bulldogs came through with the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Lauren Kellams knocked in Mary Hannah Fisher on an RBI-single to left field.

The fifth inning seemed to be over when a ball was hit to SHHS shortstop Emily Jamerson flipped the ball to third baseman Catherine Chapman, but the ball was knocked loose on a collision in Deanna Deere's attempt for the base. Fisher and Hannah Rone reached base on singles then Kellye Penn picked up two critical RBIs with a double over the head of SHHS centerfielder Whitney Odle.

Kaitlyn Underwood drew a walk that plated Penn to set up Morgan Lechenette's game-sealing grand-slam homerun that cleared the centerfield fence by plenty of distance.

"We finally got a break to go our way," Portageville coach Kerwin Urhahan said. "Senath has got a good defensive ballclub, they did a good job of catching and throwing. Every time we thought we had a chance to score some runs, they would make the plays and we never could break the game open. We had a play to go our way at the third base, and then we were able to break the game open. Senath has got a very good softball team, and they did a good job.The way the contest ended was one to remember.

"Morgan (Lechenette) did a good job. She stayed back on the ball, hit a good pitch and didn't swing at anything up over her eyes like she had been swinging at. She made the girl bring it down a little bit and she drove it well."

Deere picked up the victory on the hill for Portageville while Droke was the hard-luck losing pitcher.

Lechenette's 3-for-4 performance at the plate led the Lady Bulldogs, while teammate Penn also added two RBI's to assist Portageville.