April 19, 2013

Neale leads Hornets past Cougars

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsbugh High School edged out its second win of the season Thursday against Northeastern Clinton.

Karlie Neale had a huge day at bat and in the field, getting a triple in the fifth inning that brought home two runs and gave Plattsburgh the lead for good. Neale, a catcher, was also able to gun down a runner at third in the second inning.

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“She really handles the pitching well,” Plattsburgh coach Neil Bowlen. “She is the All-Star we expect to come out and play like every day, and if she keeps this up I wouldn’t be shocked if she was an All-Star once again at season’s end.”

The Cougars were up 1-0 after the third inning. Bowlen said his team wasn’t handling Jennifer Favro’s pitching as well as he would have liked.

“She really threw our game off,” Bowlen said. “And then they brought in (Stephanie) LaValley, who is a hard thrower, but I am just glad we still came out on top.”

After the Hornets pulled ahead in the fifth, they plated four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-1. Northeastern Clinton added two runs in the top of the seventh.

Lauren Stanley got the win striking, out five and giving up five hits and one run, which was unearned. Jamie Bedard then got the save. LaValley took the loss for the Cougars.

The only issue the Hornets was fielding. They made four errors in the game and it almost hurt them, but clutch pitching got them the win. Bowlen said the team needs to work on fielding, but the weather conditions Thursday also had an effect.

“We really preach on fielding, and today we were lucky it didn’t cost us,” Bowlen said. “I feel the weather played a role in it, too with all the wind that was swirling around today. But we will get our fielding straightened out.”

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