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Kelly places fifth in Incarnate tourney

Monday, September 12, 2005

ST. LOUIS -- The Kelly Lady Hawks won two extra-inning games among their three wins at the Incarnate Word Tournament on Saturday.

"We had an excellent tournament throughout with three wins and one loss," said Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge, whose team placed fifth. "The girls played extremely well, especially those last two games, going extra innings."

The Hawks opened with a 6-2 victory over DeSion.

Winning pitcher Meghan Tetley tossed a two-hitter while Brittany Ponder led the offense with three hits in four trips. Mindy Robert chimed in with a triple.

In game two, Ursaline banged 14 hits in an 11-1, five-inning romp over the Hawks.

"They (Ursaline) were on top of their hitting game," said Ratledge. "They hit balls in the gaps and nothing we tried slowed them down."

The Hawks bounced back to defeat St. Josephs 8-7, in eight innings.

Freshman pitcher Casey Kerns went the distance for the win, allowing seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Ponder and Kalie Hughes stroked two hits apiece for the Hawks. Ponder doubled and Mindy Robert clubbed a two-run triple.

In the final contest, Kelly, on another complete-game pitching performance by Kerns, shut out Visitation 1-0 in nine innings.

"Casey (Kern), being just a freshman, threw extremely well in both of those games," said Ratledge.

Kern allowed three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The Hawks' Katie Moore, placed on second base per international tie-breaker rules, scored the game-winning run after advancing to third base on Ponder's sacrifice bunt, then scoring on Hughes' squeeze bunt.

After the seventh inning in limited-time tournaments, the international tie-

breaker rule is invoked to speed the game.

Kelly travels to Delta for a 4 p.m game today.