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Patriots beat Penobscot Valley

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 19, May 07, 2003

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

OUT AT THE PLATE Penquis catcher Michelle Mulherin takes a Penobscot Valley runner out at the plate to end a Howler rally during Monday's contest in Milo.

MILO Penquis took advantage of some Penobscot Valley miscues to manufacture the needed runs, while pitcher Dani Graves and the Patriot defense got the Howlers out in key situations on the way to a 10-5 win Monday in Milo.

Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning, the Patriots got patient, then used some heady baserunning to take the lead. Ashley Pelletier and Kylie Palmer lead off the inning with consecutive walks, then both advanced on a passed ball. Amanda Martin's single then brought Pelletier home, and a subsequent wild pitch let Palmer score to tie the game 2-2.

Lead-off hitter Mindy Dyer moved the runners over with an excellant bunt single that died in the grass and gravel in front of home plate, which allowed the go-ahead run to score on another pitch that found its way to the backstop.

After Graves got a couple of infield pop-ups to end the inning and keep out of trouble in the top of the third,
the Patriots extended its lead when Lindsay Ouellette scored on Palmer's grounder to second base.

Graves got out of another jam in the top of the fourth inning, allowing Penquis to further its lead in the bottom part of the inning. This time it was catcher Michelle Mulherin who got things going, bringing home Erika Morrill with a blast to left-centerfield. Ouellette followed that with a solid single to center that scored Arielle Sickler and brought the tally to 6 - 2

Penobscot Valley would get a run in the fifth and two in the seventh, sandwiched around a four-run Penquis sixth, but the six runs would stand, giving the Patriots the victory.

Graves used strikeouts to get out of a sticky situation in the top of the second inning, and kept the Howlers off-balance enough so that they could never put a string of hits together well enough to bring in runs. She finished with 12 strikeouts while allowing only three hits.

Mulherin finished with two doubles and an RBI. Ouellette had two singles while knocking in a run for Penquis, now 1-3.

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